Nahmias faces Supreme Court runoff against rival who didn’t campaign

Four candidates in statewide judicial races learned on Election Day they still have four weeks to go.

On Tuesday, Georgia Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias, appointed to the bench last year by Gov. Sonny Perdue, did not get enough votes to win the race outright. He will face Lawrenceville family law attorney Tamela Adkins in the Nov. 30 runoff.


Nahmias received 48 percent of the vote and Adkins, who did not campaign or accept contributions, received 35 percent. Atlanta lawyer Matt Wilson, who mounted an aggressive campaign against Nahmias, finished a distant third. On Wednesday, Adkins said she will begin an active campaign over the next four weeks leading to the runoff.

There also will be a runoff to decide who will be the next judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals. The winner will succeed Judge Edward Johnson, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Toni Davis, who works at an Atlanta personal injury law firm, finished first in a crowded field of six candidates. She received 25 percent of the vote. In the runoff, she will face Decatur lawyer Chris McFadden, who received 22 percent of the vote Tuesday.

Not making the runoff for the appeals court seat were: Atlanta lawyer David Schaeffer (18 percent), Atlanta lawyer Adrienne Hunter-Strothers (12 percent), North Georgia district attorney Stan Gunter (11 percent) and Quality Renters CEO and legal counsel James Babalola (10 percent).

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November 4th, 2010
12:50 pm

Let’s see—no campaign, no effort, but her name starts with A so a substantial percentage of idiots vote for the name at the top of the ballot. Now we have to spend millions on a runoff. This is why I roll my eyes when folks blather about the “will of the people” in elections.

Ironically Chris McFadden proposed randomizing the ballot order back in January. He gets my vote in the runoff. Our judges should not be elected by random chance.


November 4th, 2010
1:40 pm

It had something to do with their last names, but not the letter it started with.

ga female

November 5th, 2010
8:19 pm

Maybe some of us voted for a women, and did not want a Sonny boy appointee. That is how I voted for Tammy. Plus the AJC did a write-up about Tammy. Nahmais was a Bush appointee who has gone too far Right for a Judgeship in my opinion. Plus we need some Women on the bench.

ga gal

November 6th, 2010
9:58 pm

Look at Nahmias’ experience and credentials, they FAR surpass Tammy’s…and voting for a woman because she’s a woman is a pretty sexist thing to do!

Bully Dawg

November 8th, 2010
2:59 pm

Nahmias is a seasoned lawyer who has served our State’s Supreme Court well in the last year. He is an extremely bright individual who grew up here and went on to study at Harvard and serve as a United States Attorney. Justice Nahmias enjoys broad, across-the-board support: from prosecutors and defense attorneys; from trial lawyers and corporate lawyers; from Democrats and Republicans; from liberals and conservatives. He is supported by 2 former State Supreme Court Justices, including Justice Leah Ward Sears, whom he replaced. For those that don’t know, former Justice Leah Ward Sears is a fine lawyer and jurist … who also happens to be a black female appointed by a Democratic governor.

So all these folks claiming that Justice Nahmias is a right-wing ideologue who is supported only by Republicans need to get their facts straight!