Updated at 5 p.m.: John Oxendine’s Republican campaign for governor just issued the following statement on behalf of his father, Jim Oxendine, who until last week was a senior judge for the Gwinnett County Superior Court:
For the last 26 years, I’ve served the state of Georgia in some capacity as a judge. In 2001, I stepped down from the bench and became a part-time Senior Superior court judge.
Because of questions that have arisen regarding my executing certain documents with a power of attorney, last week I accelerated my retirement which had been planned for the end of the year.
I want the people of Georgia to know that I have been honored to serve them.
And the following comes from the candidate:
My 81 year old father, who has been a judge for the last three decades, had planned to retire at the end of the year. Last week he decided to step down from his part-time position.
My dad has served the people of Georgia and I am proud to stand up for him. He has been a light