Who's running for Probate Judge?

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Williston, SC

#1 Feb 15, 2012
I have heard there are up to 9 candidates for the probate judge election. Just wanted to figure out who was running. Here are the ones I am aware of:
Amy Mason
Jennifer Falls Dickey
Dewayne Cobb
Julie Fitts Queen
Scott Kiker
Anyone else know who I missed? Or have thoughts on the race?
Orion

Paonia, CO

#2 Feb 15, 2012
the qualifications of those running are what?
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Williston, SC

#3 Feb 15, 2012
Amy Mason - Terminator Pest Control
Jennifer Falls Dickey - Not sure
Dewayne Cobb - Funeral Home Business
Julie Fitts Queen - Real Estate
Scott Kiker - Attorney

Going by that alone, Kiker is only truly qualified person as he has experience with legal system.
Orion

Paonia, CO

#4 Feb 16, 2012
and a college degree:)
however

Hotchkiss, CO

#5 Feb 16, 2012
Number of Candidates wrote:
Amy Mason - Terminator Pest Control
Jennifer Falls Dickey - Not sure
Dewayne Cobb - Funeral Home Business
Julie Fitts Queen - Real Estate
Scott Kiker - Attorney
Going by that alone, Kiker is only truly qualified person as he has experience with legal system.
On another thread, Kiker is not so well liked, either.

“live love laugh”

Since: Sep 11

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#6 Feb 26, 2012
Yea I saw the same and I've seen scot Kiker in action. Not good in court probably why he's getting out. I'm voting someone else. He's to something...
Local Observer

Onalaska, WA

#7 Feb 27, 2012
What experience did Ms. Davis have? Just b/c the title says "judge", doesn't mean that you have to be an attorney. I know plenty of attorneys that know less about the judicial system than the general public!!

I am supporting Julie Queen. She has some college education & has a background in real estate, which is most of the probate court's "cases". You need to be compassionate b/c most of the"clients" coming into the office have lost a loved one & is a very emotional time for the family. Her experience in real estate will help her with land disputes & other issues that may arise. With all the continuing education & licensing requirements for REALTORS, I would say that she has more/as much education than most attorneys !! Julie is already taking classes, so she will be prepared/qualified for the job when elected.

I don't have anything against any of the others
running. Dewayne is a caring person & has
worked in the funeral home business for 13 years, so he is prepared to "comfort" families
which is a plus!
r u serious

Middleton, WI

#8 Feb 27, 2012
Scott Kiker IS the only one qualified for the job and I have also seen him in court and he IS very respectable and knows what the legal system is and how the law works... He will be fair and really cares about Fannin County... Now if I needed a roach killed I would vote for Amy Mason,no..its... Scott Kiker all the way!!!!Dewayne would be my second choice ONLY because he doesnt know as much as Scott about the law... other than that the rest are just taking up space on the paper....
Local Observer

Onalaska, WA

#9 Feb 27, 2012
r u serious wrote:
Scott Kiker IS the only one qualified for the job and I have also seen him in court and he IS very respectable and knows what the legal system is and how the law works... He will be fair and really cares about Fannin County... Now if I needed a roach killed I would vote for Amy Mason,no..its... Scott Kiker all the way!!!!Dewayne would be my second choice ONLY because he doesnt know as much as Scott about the law... other than that the rest are just taking up space on the paper....
I have to ask "r u serious".... Are you SERIOUS??? I don't have anything against Scott...grew up w/him actually. I just don't think that he is the person for the job. Have you ever tried to carry on a conversation w/the guy?? Go into his office, and just look around at the disorganization & just sit down & ask him simple questions not related to law. The guy lives in his own world... Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but is a reflection of how the office will be if he is elected!!
Scotty

Gainesville, GA

#10 Feb 27, 2012
Fannin Mom wrote:
Yea I saw the same and I've seen scot Kiker in action. Not good in court probably why he's getting out. I'm voting someone else. He's to something...
We had a fling... It's over! Move on and fixate on someone else
Local Observer

Onalaska, WA

#11 Feb 27, 2012
Typical duties of Probate Judge in counties w/population fewer than 96K.

http://www.georgiacourts.org/index.php...

“live love laugh”

Since: Sep 11

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#12 Feb 27, 2012
Scotty wrote:
<quoted text>We had a fling... It's over! Move on and fixate on someone else
oh no you didn't! I'm a married faithful women. You want to start bs you do it in your own town where you pay taxes not mine!!! I will say what I want when I want...this is my town and I will cast my vote!!!!

Since: Feb 12

Neeses, SC

#13 Feb 28, 2012
I wanna throw my vote in for Julie Queen as well. I was never crazy about realtors, but she changed my opinion. When my parents passed, she helped us with the process of selling their home and property. It was a relatively small sale, but she was very attentive - having to deal with several siblings in different states. I know it was trying because we didn't even all get along, but she was sweet and smart as a whip - and very professional-helped keep us all on common ground. She knew what she was doing as we had to deal with the state and and the attorney for the clear to sell-it was a long drawn out process to get thru by the time it closed but she stayed on it and it worked out. All that textbook knowledge is great - and she seemed to have a lot of education in these matters- but there's nothing to prepare you like dealing in it with real people in real situations. I think she has a lot of the knowledge and experience it takes and is familiar enough with it to be well trained on the rest - she is no doubt a very hard worker - never heard anything negative. If she puts half the time and effort into that probate judge job that she has into her real estate career, I think we'll be in good hands - she'll have my support - I know she's fair & honest.
Ive Been Around

Middleton, WI

#14 Feb 29, 2012
I also grew up with Scott. To the poster who say's Scott can't carry on a conversation outside of law knows nothing about Scott. He is a certified diver, a pretty darn good tennis player, he is the only person I know who can barefoot water ski doing a deep water start with no ski, he has shown horses and placed very well with several first place trophy's and he a pilot, a dedicated father and husband. I believe his interests are more than just law, he usually don't talk about it. As for being compassionate no trouble there either. he has lost a younger brother, an older sister and both his parents. His family has been devastated many times so I think he is very compassionate. Disorganized? An attorney handles several cases in a day in usually the files are laying out where they can be grabbed quickly. He has won over 90% of his courtroom trials. I guess if you've ever went up against Scott in court you might not like him as he is an excellent attorney. He enjoys representing the underdog and the people who have been treated unfairly, bringing justice to everyone regardless of their status. He has one of the best practices in town and I believe the reason he is even running for probate judge is because he cares about the county and wants to see someone qualified in the position. I don't believe that real estate is a huge portion of what a probate judge handles. It seems that since some of you are afraid to talk about qualifications for the probate judges office, you are eluding the subject by attempting to attack Scott in other ways. If you don't care about a qualified person in the probate judges office and just want someone in there you feel you can influence to your advantage the go ahead and vote for someone else I guess.
4 real

Onalaska, WA

#15 Feb 29, 2012
Seems like a family member or he wrote this!!! Hmmmm
Local Observer

Onalaska, WA

#16 Feb 29, 2012
Ive Been Around wrote:
I also grew up with Scott. To the poster who say's Scott can't carry on a conversation outside of law knows nothing about Scott. He is a certified diver, a pretty darn good tennis player, he is the only person I know who can barefoot water ski doing a deep water start with no ski, he has shown horses and placed very well with several first place trophy's and he a pilot, a dedicated father and husband. I believe his interests are more
than just law, he usually don't talk about it. As
for being compassionate no trouble there either.
he has lost a younger brother, an older sister and
both his parents. His family has been devastated
many times so I think he is very compassionate.
Disorganized? An attorney handles several
cases in a day in usually the files are laying out
where they can be grabbed quickly. He has won
over 90% of his courtroom trials. I guess if
you've ever went up against Scott in court you
might not like him as he is an excellent attorney.
He enjoys representing the underdog and the
people who have been treated unfairly, bringing
justice to everyone regardless of their status. He
has one of the best practices in town and I
believe the reason he is even running for
probate judge is because he cares about the
county and wants to see someone qualified in
the position. I don't believe that real estate is a
huge portion of what a probate judge handles. It
seems that since some of you are afraid to talk
about qualifications for the probate judges office,
you are eluding the subject by attempting to
attack Scott in other ways. If you don't care
about a qualified person in the probate judges
office and just want someone in there you feel
you can influence to your advantage the go
ahead and vote for someone else I guess.
Obviously you didn't read my link! I'll even post qualifications for you!! In counties w/population less than 96K, the majority of things that come through the probate office is related to someone's passing and then having to "probate" the estate. If there is a will, then there usually isn't an issue, but there are situations where the will isn't spelled out as to who gets what.. & the probate judge has to determine those things. They usually hear minor traffic cases if the defendant disputes the charge, otherwise thy only collect the fines. Same thing w/the DNR violations. So there really isn't any need for an attorney.

If Scott is such a great attorney, then why would he give up a thriving business for a cut in pay?? Maybe you are a family member or Scott himself?!
Ive Been Around

Middleton, WI

#17 Feb 29, 2012
With you thinking such it looks like you agree that I know him well. Anyone who knows Scott at all knows these things about him. The Probate judge handles more that what you have described here. You're trying to focus on real estate to qualify either yourself or your candidate. It's much more. Why would any of the candidates leave their current career?

“live love laugh”

Since: Sep 11

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#18 Feb 29, 2012
Local Observer wrote:
<quoted text>Obviously you didn't read my link! I'll even post qualifications for you!! In counties w/population less than 96K, the majority of things that come through the probate office is related to someone's passing and then having to "probate" the estate. If there is a will, then there usually isn't an issue, but there are situations where the will isn't spelled out as to who gets what.. & the probate judge has to determine those things. They usually hear minor traffic cases if the defendant disputes the charge, otherwise thy only collect the fines. Same thing w/the DNR violations. So there really isn't any need for an attorney.

If Scott is such a great attorney, then why would he give up a thriving business for a cut in pay?? Maybe you are a family member or Scott himself?!
exactly
Ive Been Around

Middleton, WI

#19 Feb 29, 2012
Actually I grew up 3 blocks from Scott. My grandfather worked for his grandfather and they were first cousins so I guess you could say we are related. Why do any of these candidates want to leave their current job for a probate judges position? I don't know myself but maybe the next logical step could be superior court judge if they happen to be an attorney. But I don't know myself how much that would help. I would suspect the reason any of them want the job is for insurance and retirement. There has to be some reason because for a few of them it would cut their pay more than half so who knows? There is a lot of people who want to buy land, there are a lot of people who need lawyers and people die every day but no one has the money to pay for any of it.
Ive Been Around

Middleton, WI

#20 Feb 29, 2012
And have you priced a contract for pest control? can"t afford that either.

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