Priest seeks re-election as Superior Court judge
Mary Beth Priest, a Superior Court judge in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit, has qualified to run for the bench in the May 22 nonpartisan primary election.
A graduate of Gilmer High School and North Georgia College and State University, Priest was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal in 2016 to fill the vacancy of retiring Judge Roger Bradley. Before attaining her law degree at Georgia State University, she served as a case manager and investigator for the Pickens County Department of Family and Children Services.
Priest began her legal career in 2006 as an associate attorney at Downey & Cleveland in Marietta. In 2010, she joined the law firm of Clark & Clark in Ellijay, where she practiced complex civil litigation. In addition to being involved with and speaking frequently at local civic organizations, Priest initiated and helped coach the Gilmer High Mock Trial Team’s inaugural season this year. As an adopted child born into foster care, she has also done outreach for adoption agencies as a strong advocate for foster and adopted children.
“It has been a great honor to serve on the bench for the last two years,” she said. “One of my goals has been to build a bridge between our community and our court system. I am proud of the progress we have made in that regard. Being a judge is an enormous responsibility that I take very seriously. I ask the people of the Appalachian Circuit to trust me with their vote. If they do, I will continue to work hard for our community with the same commitment to efficiency, impartiality, fairness and responsibility that I have had since my first day on the bench.”
Her husband, Jeremy, owns and operates a scrap metal recycling company, as well as a plumbing company, and they live in Ellijay with their two children. Her father, Mike Williams, and mother, Lorie Stanley Williams, originally of Stanley Creek in Fannin County, also live in Ellijay.