From Hometown: The race to replace retiring Chief Superior Court Judge Tami Colston is months away but challengers are lining up. Assistant District Attorney Kay Ann Wetherington has announced plans to seek the seat in the May primary. In July, Rome attorney Emily Matson announced her candidacy. More are expected as 11 people submitted applications last year to replace Walter J. Matthews as he retired from the bench. Billy Sparks was named superior court judge by Gov. Nathan Deal.
Media release: Rome attorney Kay Ann Wetherington announces her candidacy to succeed retiring Judge Tami Colston as Superior Court Judge in the Rome Judicial Circuit. The nonpartisan election will be held on May 22, 2018.
She joined the Rome District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney in 1998. For the last 19 years, she has handled hundreds of jury trials and other matters relating to criminal trial practice including bond hearings, arraignments, probation revocations, civil asset forfeitures and appeals. “Criminal matters comprise about 90 percent of all superior court proceedings. As a judge, I will uphold the rule of law and protect our community.”
She is active in the community and has served on the Board of Trustees of the Open Door Home, Exchange Club Family Resource Center, Georgia Highlands College Foundation and Floyd Healthcare Foundation Annual Fund Committee. She is a former president of the Rome Bar Association, a sustaining member of the Junior Service League, a member of the Xavier Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is an advisory Board Member of the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Criminal Justice Program.
Kay Ann is a 1981 graduate of Calhoun High School, attended Berry College and received a B.A. in Economics from New York University in 1986 and a Juris Doctorate from Pace University School of Law in 1992. She began practicing law in Rome in 1993 at Rogers, Magruder, Hoyt, Sumner and Brinson, where she practiced in the areas of civil litigation, criminal defense, real estate, probate, estate planning and family law.
“Our community is a wonderful place in which to live, work and raise our children. I want to continue to serve the people as a Superior Court judge,” says Kay Ann. “Superior Court is a trial court, and my 24 years of trial experience in both criminal and civil areas will benefit the people and ensure fair treatment through a balance of strict discipline and compassion.”