Native Pickens County resident, Nancy Cochran Maddox, announced today her candidacy for the Office of Probate Judge. Maddox has practiced law for over 12 years, and will use her experience to continue the legacy of outstanding service left by retiring Probate Judge Rodney Gibson.

“My campaign theme is ‘Build on the Past, Work for the Future,’” said Maddox. “These last few years have been very challenging for everyone, and I will use any means at my disposal to help the citizens of Pickens County."

Maddox is uniquely qualified to work for the people of Pickens County because of her legal experience and management skills. For the past five years, Maddox has successfully operated her own law office, and for six years prior she was the sole attorney and manager for a thriving law practice in Ellijay, Georgia. Although she lives in Jasper, Maddox has worked with clients throughout Pickens, Gilmer and Fannin Counties, and as such, has established her office in the central location of Ellijay.

Maddox’s practice areas include working closely with the probate courts in Gilmer and Pickens counties to provide free or reduced-rate services for the elderly, disabled individuals and children. She has also counseled many clients through the probating of estates and handling of the final affairs of someone after their death.

“It has been said that the Probate Judge helps people on the happiest day of their lives, marriage, and the saddest, the death of a loved-one. Experience is key in assisting people through good times and bad,” said Maddox.

“Many of the functions of the Probate Court fit within my practice areas. I have handled real estate for years, and have drafted countless wills, and assisted with the administration of dozens of estates,” said Maddox. “I have successfully represented clients regarding land disputes, and have continually learned new skills to help keep my law office competitive.”

Maddox is a native of Pickens County, and is a 1991 honor graduate of Pickens High School in Jasper, Georgia. In 1995, Maddox graduated with honors from the University of Georgia with a degree in newspaper journalism and in 1998 from the University of Georgia School of Law.

Maddox has been married to Mark L. Maddox for over 15 years and is the daughter of William “Dan” Cochran and Linda Cochran, both of Jasper. She has one brother, William David Cochran, of Talking Rock. She has been a member of the Jasper Lions Club for over eight years, serving as Vice President, Director and most recently Finance Committee Chair for the 2011-2012 year.

For over five years, Maddox has served on the Board of Directors for the Gilmer Learning Center, a non-profit reading program helping clients learn to read, further their education and ultimately earn a G.E.D. if they so choose. She has also volunteered for the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, successfully organizing two annual “Memory Walks” which raised over $16,000 for the organization.

Maddox has received recognition from the State Bar of Georgia for her work in providing free legal services to those in need, particularly for drafting wills at no charge for the elderly.

“I appreciate all the support I have already received from friends and family,” said Maddox. “I’ve never sought public office before, so I am grateful for the help many have offered.”

The Probate Court election is a partisan race; therefore Maddox plans to appear on the July 31, 2012 Republican Primary Ballot.