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GOP announces plans for primary
McKenzie to be candidate for Criminal Court Judge
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The DeKalb County Republican Party has announced plans to call for a May primary for all judicial seats on the ballot in the 13th Judicial District. Party officials in the other 13th District counties reportedly plan to follow suit.The 13th Judicial District consists of Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, and White Counties.The offices of Chancellor, Circuit Judge Part I, Circuit Judge Part II, Criminal Judge Part I, Criminal Judge Part II, District Public Defender, and District Attorney General will be decided in the primary.If some counties hold primaries, any parties in 13th District counties that do not call for a primary will apparently have no role in selecting nominees to run for these seats in the August General Election.The DeKalb County Republican Party will reportedly continue its practice of selecting nominees for county offices by caucus.Meanwhile, Deputy District Attorney Gary McKenzie has announced his candidacy for Criminal Court Judge. McKenzie, a criminal prosecutor for more than 13 years, is seeking retiring Judge Leon Burns' seat on the bench.McKenzie said he has some pretty big shoes to fill.