Thomson attorney, Jimmy Plunkett, has qualified as a candidate for Judge of Superior Court of the Toombs Judicial Circuit. The election date is July 20, 2004.
Mr. Plunkett began his legal career in Thomson as law clerk to Judges Robert L. Stevens and E. Purnell Davis. During his three years of service, he attended every jury trial conducted in the Toombs Circuit. Mr. Plunkett regularly assisted the judges by researching the applicable law of the case and preparing orders for the judges to sign. "This unique experience as an assistant to the judges gives me a complete understanding of the duties and role of a Superior Court Judge," said Mr. Plunkett.
After serving as law clerk, Mr. Plunkett opened a general law practice in McDuffie County and has continued the practice of law for more than 20 years. Mr. Plunkett's trial experience has included cases of murder, drug possession, wrongful death, automobile accidents, custody, divorce, contested wills, contract disputes, personal injury, workers compensation, social security and more.
"I have the most extensive jury trial experience of any candidate," said Mr. Plunkett. "There is no substitute for courtroom experience when asking people to elect a Judge."
In addition to his trial experience, he has argued several cases before the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Georgia and has edited legal treatises on the Law in Georgia for the Harrison Company Publishers.
In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Plunkett is involved in his church and community. Mr. Plunkett has been a youth director in two churches totaling 13 years in that capacity. He was selected as a deacon at First Baptist Church in Thomson. He is secretary of the Thomson Kiwanis Club having been designated as a distinguished president, distinguished secretary, lieutenant governor for the Georgia District of Kiwanis and awarded a Hixson Fellow. He is also an adjunct instructor in the Criminal Justice program of the Thomson Campus of Augusta Technical College.
Mr. Plunkett has coached baseball and basketball for McDuffie's recreation department, is a member of the McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce and elected to it's Board of Directors, and a graduate of Leadership McDuffie.
"Our children need hope for the future and the security of knowing that they will be safe in their homes, neighborhoods and schools," he said. "Our justice system must be tough, but we also need to ensure that everyone will be treated as equals under the law."
Mr. Plunkett is married to the former Julie Whitaker of Conley, Ga. Mrs. Plunkett has been a part of the McDuffie County School System for 17 years and is currently employed at Maxwell Elementary School. They have two children, Caleb, 20 and Chelsey, 18.