The DeKalb County Republican Party plans to call for a primary to be held in May for all judicial positions up for election on the ballot in the 13th judicial district according to local party chairperson Jennifer Winfree.
Political parties in other counties of the 13th district apparently plan to do the same.
The DeKalb GOP primary would only be for 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.
According to Winfree, the DeKalb County Republican Party will continue to select nominees for county offices by caucus as it has in the past.
Dennis Stanley, DeKalb County Administrator of Elections, said he has not yet received notification from either the local Republican or Democratic Party calling for a primary. November 22 is the deadline to call for any primary, local or judicial.
The 13th Judicial District is made up of Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, and White Counties.
Political parties in counties of the 13th district that do not call for a primary for judicial offices will apparently have no voice in selecting nominees to run for those positions in the August General Election, if judicial primaries are held in other counties of the district.