UNION COUNTY — After 25 years in office Donna Cudd says she will retire as Probate Judge of Union County at end of this year.
In a statement released Sunday evening, Cudd said that, after four years of deliberation, she has decided to retire rather than seek a seventh term in office.
“It is with mixed emotions that I announce that I will not seek re-election for the office of Probate Judge,” Cudd said. “I was appointed to this position twenty-five years ago this month by Governor Carroll Campbell and ran successfully every election cycle after that. This is not a decision that was made on the spur of the moment. Ever since the last election in 2010, I have been contemplating my retirement. It was then and still is my intention to serve out this term which ends December 31, 2014.
“I have thought about this decision many times over the last four years; however, now that the time is actually here, I am excited that I will enter retirement and hopefully be able to help my family,” she said. “At the same time, I am sad that I will be leaving an office that I have worked in for over forty years.”
Cudd joined the staff of the Probate Judge’s office in 1973 as a clerk. She served as a clerk for 16 years until her appointment as Probate Judge in 1989.
In announcing her plans to retire, Cudd thanked both of her predecessors as Probate Judge, as well as the members of her office staff, and her family and friends for the support they given her during her time in office.
“I would like to thank my family, friends, co-workers, employees, and supporters for their support and encouragement over these years,” Cudd said. “I will never forget and am thankful for the support given to me by Mrs. Betty Greer and Mrs. Marjorie Nichols. These former Probate Judges taught me about probate court and its many responsibilities. Except for law changes that we had to adjust to, the office is still run about the same way as when they were in office.
“Most of all I want to thank my husband, David, who supported and worked hard for me during my time in office,” she said. “Many times he worried about me when I had to go back to work in the middle of the night while he stayed home with two small children.
Cudd said that she decided to announce her retirement at this time in order to give others the opportunity to run for Probate Judge.
“This will leave the door open for a new Probate Judge in this county,” Cudd said. “Changes are sometimes challenging, but I have all the faith in the world that someone qualified will come forward, be elected by you, and serve you, the people of Union County as I have had the privilege of doing for all these years.
“I humbly thank you, Union County, for allowing me to serve as your Probate Judge,” she said. I love this county, its people, and have nothing but fond memories of my association with you. May God Bless you all.”
The Office of Probate Judge is one of a number of local, state, and federal offices that will be on the ballot in the June 10 primary and/or the November 4 general election. Filing opens Sunday, March 16 at noon and closes Sunday, March 30 at noon.