COVINGTON, Ga. — Covington attorney Robert H. Stansfield has announced he is running for a position as a Superior Court judge in the Alcovy Circuit.

Stansfield will run for the seat currently held by Judge Eugene Benton of Monroe. Benton has said he is not seeking reelection.

Monroe attorney Jeffrey L. Foster is also running for the Benton seat.

The nonpartisan election will be May 19, 2020.

“I am committed to applying my 30 years of experience to the cases that come before the Newton and Walton County superior courts fairly and respectfully, showing neither favor nor bias so that justice under the law may be done,” Stansfield said.

Stansfield said he thinks he can bring experience to the bench, filling the void left as three of the five Superior Court judges in the Alcovy Circuit will be stepping down at the end of 2020. In addition to Benton, Judge Samuel D. Ozburn of Newton County has said he will not ask for another term.

Judge Horace J. Johnson Jr. of Newton County is pursuing an open seat on the Georgia Supreme Court.

“I am following in the tradition where a lawyer serves the community as Superior Court judge after having first served the community as an attorney, as well as volunteer,” Stansfield said.

His community involvement includes nearly 20 years with the Arts Association of Newton County, service with the Covington Downtown Development Authority and time on the Advisory Board of the Covington Family YMCA. He is also the chairman of the scholarship committee of the Kiwanis Club of Covington, where he has been a member for two decades.

After law school at Emory University and a fellowship in Germany, Stansfield married his wife, Pat; they have been married for 30 years. She teaches children with special needs in the Newton County School System.

They have one daughter, a graduate of the Newton County schools and currently a Georgia State University graduate student.

The Stansfields attend St. Augustine Catholic Church in Covington.