Local attorney Barbara Sanders has filed her intent to seek the office of Franklin County Judge, in hopes of succeeding County Judge Van Russell, who has announced plans to retire after the conclusion of his term.

The non-partisan primary will be held in August 2018, with the general election in Nov. 2018.

Sanders, 62, resides on St. George Island with her husband, W.K. Sanders, who is a retired school teacher and construction worker/contractor.

Sanders has practiced law in Franklin County since 1988 and is a partner in Sanders and Duncan P.A. She has a general practice with emphasis in real estate, general litigation, and criminal law. She handles both trials and appeals. She represents the Franklin County School Board and represents clients in state and federal court.

Earning a law degree with honors, Sanders graduated from Florida State University College of Law. Before attending law school, Sanders taught at Carrabelle High School as media specialist.

After graduation from law school, she was a law clerk for a federal judge in Tallahassee. After that, she was a member of the FSU College of Law faculty as a legal writing and research instructor.

While in private practice in Apalachicola, she served on the Judicial Nominating Committee recommending appointments for federal judges and United States Marshals in Florida. Sanders has been a board-certified criminal law trial lawyer since 1999. Board certification recognizes an attorney’s special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice

For three years, she served on the Florida Bar’s grievance committee and was chair of the committee in 2014. Grievance committees are composed of lawyers and non-lawyers and are responsible for continuing the investigation of possible lawyer misconduct referred by Bar discipline attorneys.

Sanders is a well-known supporter of the Franklin County schools, coaching the Brain Bowl Team for nine years. She has been a member of the St. George Island Civic Club since the early 1980s and served two terms as president.

Sanders has been active in many community service projects, including the local volunteer fire departments. Her daughter is Claire Teat, married to Leon Teat. Sanders is the proud grandmother of Dalton Teat.

For more information, contact Barbara Sanders at 653-8976 or bsanders@fairpoint.net