ALBANY, Ga. — With all but provisional ballots reported in unofficial returns Tuesday night, Dougherty Magistrate Victoria Darrisaw defeated attorney Christopher Warren in the race for Dougherty State Court judge.
With all precincts reporting, Darrisaw had 9,650 votes, or 59.8 percent, to Warren’s 6,477. The two candidates were running to replace outgoing Judge John Salter.
Darrisaw, a native of South Carolina, was appointed as a magistrate by Salter in 2009. She is a graduate of Spelman College and of the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.
Before that appointment, she worked as an assistant district attorney in the Dougherty Judicial Circuit and the South Georgia Judicial Circuit. Before that, she worked as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands and Judge Tommy Day Wilcox.
She also serves as an adjunct instructor at Albany Technical College in criminal procedure and constitutional law and as a literary education volunteer, as well as a member of the Dougherty County Kiwanis Club and the Leadership Albany board.
“I feel very thankful and very grateful,” Darrisaw said as the results were coming in on Tuesday evening. “I’m thankful for the votes of confidence and grateful that this process is almost to conclusion.
“We have put everything we had into this race.”
Warren, an attorney with the Kenneth S. Nugent law firm’s Albany office, was raised as a disadvantaged youth on the streets of Washington, D.C. — inspiring a passion for promoting empowerment amongst the Albany community’s younger population.
A 1990 graduate of Howard University, Warren served six years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education, attended Emory University School of Law and received his Doctor of Law degree from the institution in 1993.
He began his career as an associate in the office of Judge Michael Bellamy in Phenix City, Ala., and later served as a public defender in the Fulton County Public Defender’s Office. He opened a law practice in Dougherty County in 1999, and later became an instructor of constitutional law and U.S. government at Albany State University.
He was recruited by Beauchamp and Associates. He remained there until he served as Albany City Solicitor, a position he left to take the job he currently holds.
When contacted for comment by The Albany Herald earlier in the evening, Warren declined to comment other than to say: “Let the numbers be what they will be.”
During his personal time, Warren has also coached youth soccer with the YMCA as well as basketball with the Upward Program. He serves on the Albany Chapter of the Fellowship for Christian Athletes, and as a high school basketball and football official.