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Posted on 08/08/2002 11:03:09 AM PDT by galethus
Charles B. Barksdale, a last-minute entrant into the crowded Circuit Court judicial race, hopes to parlay his 14 years of legal experience into a seat on the bench.
"I have a lot of experience. I have good legal skills," said Barksdale, a senior litigator with the Office of the Corporation Counsel in Washington, D.C. "I have a very strong feeling I would be a good judge."
Barksdale, 38, is one of four lawyers challenging six sitting Circuit Court judges in the nonpartisan judicial race, marking the first time since 1986 that incumbent judges are facing contested elections.
"I have nothing but respect for the judiciary," he said.
At the same time, Barksdale said, "If someone has the word 'judge' in front of their names, that doesn't mean they have more experience than some litigators in this county."
Barksdale said he built his work ethic tending to his father's dairy farm in rural southern Virginia. "You work in an office," he said, "you are not really working."
He earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Richmond in 1985, followed by a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1988. "Law, to a certain degree, is a philosophical pursuit," he said.
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