District Judge, Circuit Clerk run unopposed

Published 9:11 am Friday, June 1, 2018

Two races are coming to a head on Tuesday, as the race for Chambers County District Judge and race for Circuit Clerk will have only one name in the ballot boxes.

Calvin Milford, Jr. is running unopposed to remain the Chambers County District Judge. He has held the position since 2005, when he was appointed by then-Gov. Bob Riley to fill the vacancy left by Joel Holley, who retired.

Milford, 53, had worked in the private practice since earning his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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He has served as Municipal Judge for the City of Roanoke and the town of Camp Hill before becoming assistant District Attorney in Roanoke County from 1988 to 1990.

Milford is also a deacon at the First Baptist Church of LaFayette and a member of the LaFayette Industrial Board, Chambers County Educational Foundation, Chambers County Cattleman’s Association and the Chambers County Museum.

The other candidate whose name will appear alone on the ballot is the Chambers County Circuit Clerk Lisa M. Burdette, a Republican who first took the position in 2012 after winning 54 percent of the vote, defeating Yolanda Ratchford by a final tally of 7,674 votes to 6,532. She filled the vacant spot left by retiring circuit clerk Charles W. Story, the father of Paul Story, who is currently a Republican candidate for Chambers County Probate Judge. She will be running unopposed, meaning the position will remain hers for the time being.

A Circuit Clerk is an elected position that keeps records of small claims, probate, child support enforcement, traffic and criminal courts. They work directly with the district judge to ensure proper record keeping for the county.