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Young seeks circuit judge re-election

Published 8:08pm Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Judge Tom. F. Young announced on Dec. 3 that he is seeking re-election as Circuit Judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit, Place 2.

Young was first elected as circuit judge in 2000, and has more than 35 years of judicial experience, including administrative positions with Chief Justices Howell Heflin and C.C. Tolbert. Jones has also served as court Administrator for Jefferson County, City Attorney, Special Family Court Referee, Special District Court Judge, and Municipal Court Judge. Young also has experience in private practice with an emphasis on civil, criminal and domestic relation cases.

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Tallapoosa, Macon, Randolph and Chambers County for the past 11 years,” Young said.  “I believe that my experience will be particularly important in the coming years as the Court system deals with financial             problems created through under-funding.”

Young has served as president, vice president and treasurer of the Tallapoosa County Bar Association, and has accrued over 300 hours of additional judicial education. Throughout his tenure as Circuit Judge, Young says he has handled numerous complex civil cases, domestic relation matters such as custody and child support, criminal cases, capital murder trials and land/estate disputes.

“I am committed to making sure that the citizens of Alabama are afforded every opportunity to have their cases heard by the Circuit Court on a timely basis, despite the financial shortfall,” Young said.

Young is married to Pam Vardaman Young and has two children. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Alexander City, and is the son of Mayor Barbara Young and the late District Attorney Tom F. Young.

Young has served on numerous boards and committees throughout his career. He was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to serve on the Alabama Pattern Jury Instruction Committee, the Weighted Case Load Committee and the Alabama Chemical Testing Training and Equipment Trust Fund Advisory Board. Young completed the Managing Capital Cases Program sponsored by the National Judicial College, and in January of 2011, he headed the new Tallapoosa County Drug Court.

I humbly ask for your vote and support in the upcoming election and promise that I will continue to conduct myself in a manner appropriate to this office and your courtroom in a fair, impartial and respectfully manner,” Young said.