Two Columbus lawyers said Monday they will seek the Superior Court seat being vacated by Judge Kenneth Followill and a third said he is considering a run.
Alonza Whitaker and Gil McBride said they will qualify in two weeks to run for the Superior Court seat Followill has held for the last 30 years.
Followill, 72, announced on Friday his intention to seek senior judge status and retire from the full-time job. In addition to the vacant judgeship, Superior court judges John Allen, Robert Johnston, Doug Pullen and Bobby Peters all face re-election in November.
Judge Frank Jordan is the only local Superior Court judge who does not have to run this year.
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Columbus attorney Mark Shelnutt said he is considering a run for one of the judgeships.
"I have not decided which seat," Shelnutt said. "There are several seats up. I am going to try and make a decision by the end of the week. A lot of people have been asking me and coming by to encourage me. I am weighing the pros and cons."
While Shelnutt is considering it, Whitaker, 52, and McBride, 46, are in the race. It will be McBride's first run for public office. Whitaker, a former Muscogee County prosecutor, ran for district attorney four years ago. He defeated Columbus attorney John Martin in the Democratic primary and lost to his former boss, Gray Conger, in the general election.