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Woodford Seeks Election
to Seat of Bibb County
Superior Court Clerk

by Amanda Smith

Macon attorney Erica L. Woodford has announced her candidacy seeking election to the seat of Clerk of Bibb County Superior Court. She faces opposition from Linda Tillman for the position.

Woodford attended Bibb County public schools and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. She then received her law degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been an adjunct professor at Fort Valley State University since 2005, teaching American Government. Woodford has also taught business and law-related courses at Wesleyan College and Central Georgia Technical College.

For nearly ten years, Woodford has owned, operated and managed her own law practice. She practices family, business and criminal law and serves her community through indigent and pro bono cases. She served a four-year term as an associate judge and magistrate in Bibb County Civil and Magistrate Courts.

As a public servant, Woodford has served in a number of capacities, including
• Council of Judges Domestic Violence Committee
• Board member -- Booker T. Washington Center
• Macon-Bibb County Teen Court Program
• Former President -- Macon Chapter of GABWA (Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys)
• Board member -- Macon Symphony Orchestra
• State Bar of Georgia, Committee on Professionalism

As President of the GABWA, Woodford was instrumental in organizing the 2010 Community Law Day at the Macon Mall, providing free legal advice to the community.

If elected to the seat of Superior Court Clerk, Woodford assures the voters that she will make the Clerk's Office more user-friendly for the public. "The Superior Court Clerk's Office is crucial to the justice system in our community," said Woodford. "As the next Clerk of Superior Court of Bibb County, I will work to improve the customer service provided to the citizens of Bibb County and I will work to facilitate the ease of accessing public records, making the office more user-friendly. I will work to improve efficiency in the office by implementing electronic filing," she continued. "And I will have an open-door policy to the public and the staff, treating them with the fairness and dignity that they deserve. With progressive leadership, vision, and accountability, I can move our Superior Court Clerk’s Office forward."

"Erica is a lifelong Maconite who graduated with honors from every institution she attended," said Keith Holmes, friend and independent insurance agent with the Mutual Financial Group of Macon. "She hung her own shingle, i.e. she opened her own law practice as a single woman. Erica has always wanted to help the less fortunate and you can see that in all the things she does in the Macon community," he continued. "She served at the Booker T. Washington Center and as an attorney, she took indigent and pro bono cases that other lawyers wouldn't touch. Erica wears many hats and all of them are geared toward serving others; as a lawyer and a former judge, I can't think of anyone more qualified for the position of Clerk of Bibb County Superior Court."

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