Cobb voters will choose between three candidates, Roland Castellanos, Van Pearlberg and Greg Poole, to fill a seat on the Cobb Superior Court bench. Judge Dorothy Robinson is retiring when her term expires at the end of this year.
Roland R. Castellanos
Residence: Parkside Court, Marietta, 30064
Occupation: Judge, State Court of Cobb County
Education: Cobb County public schools from first grade through high school; Bachelor of Arts Degree from Georgia State University (1975); Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia (1978)
Family: Parents are deceased. I have one son who is 18 and has graduated from Mt. Paran Christian School. He has been accepted to Berry College in the fall. I have a sister who lives in Tucker, Ga., cousins who live in Duluth and Alpharetta and family which resides outside of the State of Georgia.
Why should voters elect you as judge of the Cobb Superior Court?
I’m experienced as a judge and as a lawyer. I graduated from the University of Georgia Law School and practiced law in Cobb for 21 years before becoming your State Court Judge. Since then I have been elected three times. I also understand Cobb County as a community having lived here since 1961 and attended the Cobb school system from the first through the 12th grade.
Is there a particular philosophy you would follow in making decisions?
My judicial philosophy is that of a traditionalist and a conservative. I believe in the Constitution and the limited role of the Courts to protect citizen’s rights, their property, safety and freedom. I do not believe that the Courts should make the law. I believe our law enforcement officers deserve support and respect, justice should be swift and certain, and victims have rights, too!