Alabama Court of Civic Appeals, Place 1
Michelle Manley Thomason
Political experience: Presiding district court judge, 28th Circuit, 2006-present; Circuit judge by special appointment; immediate past president, Eastern Shore Republican Women; member, Eastern Shore Republican Women, 2001-present; member, Baldwin County Republican Executive Committee, 2004-present; associate member, South Baldwin Republican Women, 2001-present.
Professional experience: District court judge, 28th Circuit, 2006-present; founder and presiding judge, Baldwin County Veterans Court; practiced with Michelle M. Hart PC, Daphne, 2004-2006; Pearson, Cummins & Hart LLC, Daphne, 1994-2004; adjunct faculty, University of Mobile, 1998-99; law clerk, Amoco Oil Company, New Orleans; real estate and compliance officer, Bank of Mobile, 1987-1992; First National Bank of Jefferson Parish, New Orleans, 1984-1987. Named Alabama Judge of the Year, 2016, family law, Alabama State Bar; immediate past president, Alabama District Judges Association; member, Alabama Supreme Court Committee on the Rules of Judicial Administration; member, Alabama Commission on the Reallocation of Judicial Resources; education committee co-chairman, Alabama Judicial College; member, Legislative Committee for State Court Judges; founding board member, Baldwin Substance Abuse Services, 2008-present; member Baldwin County Bar Association and Baldwin County Bar Foundation; Baldwin County Domestic Violence Task Force, 2006-present; frequent trainer and speaker in family law, shared parenting, domestic violence, veteran’s treatment courts, court technology and ethics, 2006-present.
Education: Juris doctor, Tulane Law School, New Orleans, 1992-1995; bachelor’s, Mobile College, 1992; graduate, Baker High School in Mobile.
Civic experience: Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International and Fairhope Sunset Rotary.
Main issues: Edwards says she is the only candidate in the Place 1 race who is a civil trial judge with business expertise and experience. “That means I am the only candidate with a proven track record of applying the law fairly and accurately with an excellent appellate record to prove that,” she said.
Edwards said she has handled more than 13,000 family law cases during her 12 years on the bench.
Top Contributors: $98,473, Michelle and Anthony Thomason of Fairhope; $10,000 each, ALA Forestry PAC, Baldwin County Republican Party Executive Committee and Daniel McKinney of Foley.