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Hinson won't run for re-election
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Chief Magistrate Scott Hinson has decided not to run for re-election.

Hinson announced he was not running for a third term in an email Wednesday morning

“It is bittersweet that I announce my decision not to seek re-election for a third term. These past two terms have given me great respect for not only the judicial system, but for local law enforcement and the admirable citizens of Effingham County,” he said.

Hinson said he believes he has given Effingham citizens a fair and impartial forum and he said he has reduced the magistrate court’s annual budget.

“Just last year alone, running the Magistrate Court cost each citizen of Effingham County a mere .35 cents per month,” he said. “With almost 2,000 civil filings and almost 200 criminal/good behavior warrant applications filed last year, my implementation of a mediation program has drastically reduced the burden on the court system and aided in a reduction of arrest warrants, thereby relieving the taxpayer’s expenditure of housing inmates. I have been able to continue allowing a local pastor to pray before each session of court; a process I hope the newly-elected magistrate will maintain.”

Hinson added the magistrate court is running at its highest efficiency, thanks to “a remarkable staff.”

“I thank them for their dedication to the job and their excellent performance,” he said. “My leadership approach has always been one to create an organization that will maintain its efficiency regardless of circumstances.”