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Gov. Brian Kemp appoints openly-gay Army vet to Gwinnett County Superior Court seat

Judge Angela Duncan's appointment announced Friday continues to add to the conversation about diversity in Gwinnett County.

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Gov. Brian Kemp announced Friday his new appointment to the Gwinnett County Superior Court bench—a judge in the LGBTQ community.

This decision only continues to add to the diversity of the Gwinnett County Superior Court’s bench. 11Alive reported in July about the appointment of Gwinnett County’s first African-American Superior Court Judge, Tadia Whitner.

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Kemp appointed Magistrate Judge Angela Duncan to the Gwinnett County Superior Court’s 11th seat. This position was created earlier this year after the Georgia General Assembly passed HB 21 which allows for an additional superior court judge to account for Gwinnett County’s rapidly-growing population.

Duncan served in the U.S. Army Reserves from March 1987 to March 1995 as a light-weight vehicle mechanic and later attended John Marshall Law School where she obtained her law degree.

It is not clear if Duncan’s appointment makes her the first Gwinnett County Superior Court judge in the LGBTQ community.

Gov. Brian Kemp's office told 11Alive that they do not keep records of the number of appointments of public officials who are in the LGBTQ community and those questions are not part of the interview process for appointments. 

However, Duncan joins other Gwinnett County officials who are part of the LGBTQ community including Gwinnett County Commissioner Ben Ku, Gwinnett County School Board representative Everton Blair and State Representative Sam Park.

Duncan lives in Lawrenceville with her wife and children.

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