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DeKalb judge to target McKinney's seat

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While many potential political candidates have already jumped into the 2002 electoral waters, veteran DeKalb County State Court Judge Denise Majette is just preparing to take that plunge. As CL goes to press, Majette and her new campaign chairman, Atlanta attorney Gary Freed, are mapping out strategy to unseat popular five-term Rep. Cynthia McKinney in this fall's Democratic primary.

"We'll have an official announcement later this week," says Freed, "but ... I can confirm that Judge Denise Majette is preparing her campaign for the 4th Congressional district against Cynthia McKinney." Majette will be stepping down from her position as judge in order to run, he adds.

The decision means McKinney, one of Congress' best-known black female representatives, will face another black woman for her party's nomination; no other opponents have yet announced their intentions to seek the seat.

Majette was appointed to the DeKalb state bench by then-Gov. Zell Miller in 1993, and has been re-elected to the post since. In taking on McKinney, she's targeted a controversial lawmaker, often cited as one of Congress' most liberal -- and confrontational -- members, who easily trounced her Republican foe with 61 percent of the vote in the 2000 elections.

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