Atlanta lawyer Gary Alembik announced Thursday, Jan. 28, that he will run for a seat being opened on the Fulton County Superior Court by Judge Wendy Shoob’s decision not to seek re-election.

Gary Alembik

Gary Alembik

“I have been considering seeking the post for some time,” Alembik, a Morningside resident, said in his campaign announcement. “When my friend and mentor Judge Shoob let me know that she would not be seeking re-election, it seemed like the perfect time to run for a Superior Court seat.”

Alembik, who serves as a Fulton judicial officer and magistrate, is the second Ahavath Achim Synagogue member running for a Fulton Superior Court opening. Andrew Margolis announced his candidacy Jan. 19.

Qualifying for judicial elections is March 7 to 11, so others could enter the race. Multiple vacancies on the Fulton court are expected.

Alembik is an Atlanta native with 27 years of experience in private legal practice. He served on a Fulton County Family Division task force charged with revising the rules and procedures to improve litigants’ court experience.

“I understand how the court system works. I have served under 10 Superior Court judges for close to a decade and have had the opportunity to learn from all of the judges with whom I have been blessed to work,” Alembik said. “We need someone who understands that judges are elected to serve our community, and in doing so, they have an obligation to ensure that justice is administered fairly and efficiently.”

He pledged to hear cases assigned to him in a timely and efficient manner. “If I am elected by the voters to serve, I will commit myself to work diligently to ensure that every citizen that passes through the courthouse doors receives due process.”