Su­pe­rior Court Chief Judge to run for re­elec­tion

The Covington News - - Front page - AM­BER PITTMAN Staff Re­porter

Al­covy Cir­cuit Su­pe­rior Court Chief Judge John Ott of­fi­cially an­nounced Wed­nes­day that he will seek re­elec­tion.

Ott, 58, has sat on the bench since 1990 and served as Dis­trict At­tor­ney prior to that. Be­fore his ca­reer as a lawyer, he taught school for a year in Bibb County. He was hired at the New­ton County DA’S of­fice in 1981. He ran op­posed in 1996 but has been un­op­posed un­til now. He was named Chief Judge in 2004.

Ott has served on the Wal­ton County Lit­tle League Board and has coached sev­eral teams there and has coached in New­ton County for both base­ball and foot­ball. He cur­rently serves as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Su­pe­rior Court judges on the State Coun­cil for In­ter­state Adult Of­fender Su­per­vi­sion and the county and mu­nic­i­pal pro­ba­tion ad­vi­sory coun­cil. He chairs the per­son­nel com­mit­tee for the coun­cil of Su­pe­rior Court judges.

He cur­rently lives in Wal­ton County, and he and his fam­ily at­tend First United Methodist Church of Mon­roe where he serves on sev­eral com­mit­tees. His wife works

as a per­sonal banker and mort­gage loan orig­i­na­tor and serves on the board of the Mc­danielTichenor House and the Wal­ton County Boys and Girls Club.

Since tak­ing of­fice in 1990, Ott has han­dled over 48,000 cases and had jury tri­als in over 500 cases. For jury tri­als, the ap­pel­late courts have reversed his de­ci­sions dur­ing trial three times in crim­i­nal and three times in civil tri­als. In the 21 years Ott has been a judge, he has been reversed just 20 other times for the de­ci­sions he made.

“I think I run an ef­fi­cient court­room, and it is ap­ply­ing the law fairly and justly and that’s mean­ing­ful to me,” Ott said Wed­nes­day. “That gives me self-sat­is­fac­tion and that’s re­ally why I want to run. I want to keep on do­ing it if the peo­ple will have me. I’m a ser­vant of the peo­ple.”

Ott will be chal­lenged by lo­cal de­fense at­tor­ney Stephanie R. Lind­sey, who an­nounced her run in Jan­uary.

He will be hold­ing a cam­paign kick­off mee­tand-greet from 7:30 un­til 9:30 a.m. March 29 in the com­mu­nity cen­ter of the Turner Lake Re­cre­ation Cen­ter. The com­mu­nity is in­vited to at­tend. The cam­paign mail­ing ad­dress for Ott is Cam­paign to Re-elect John Ott, P.O. Box 1159, Cov­ing­ton 30015-1159.


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