Attorney Michael Classens will face off against sitting Bulloch County State Court Judge Joseph Cushner in the upcoming primary election. Both candidates qualified this week. The non-partisan race will be decided on the May 24 ballot.

Credit: Lori Grice Credit: Lori Grice

Classens announced his candidacy back in February. The Georgia Southern College (now University) graduate received his law degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville before returning to practice in Statesboro in 1985. He is the owner of Classens Law on Crescent Avenue in Statesboro.

Click here for a previous Grice Connect story featuring Michael Classens.

Credit: Lori Grice

In 2020, Cushner was appointed by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to replace retiring State Court Judge Gary Mikell. Prior to his appointment, Cushner served as Solicitor-General of Bulloch County State Court for nearly four years. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens.

Click here for a previous Grice Connect story featuring Hon. Joseph Cushner.

For an exhaustive list of qualifiers, both locally and state-wide, visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s website:



Michael Classens


Hon. Joseph Cushner


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