2018 is a big election year for the state of Georgia. But if you are anything like me, you are usually too busy to pay as much attention to local politics as you should. So, to make things easier, I have started a series to pick apart each candidate’s pros and cons.
With introductions out of the way, meet Democrat Charlie Bailey.
According to his website, Bailey is an eighth generation Georgian who grew up in a family that raised cattle in Harris County in West Georgia. His great-uncle “taught him about integrity and public service, and how a good lawyer can use the law to help regular people” and inspired him to get into law.
Bailey attended the University of Georgia for college and law school. While there, he was elected to be the student body president.
Before becoming a prosecutor, Bailey worked as an attorney with former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes. He and Barnes worked together “representing Georgians who were hurt by the wrongdoing of others, including victims of consumer fraud and predatory lending.”
After that, Bailey served as a Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Fulton County District Attorney’s office. He worked in the Gang Unit prosecuting tough cases against violent criminals. To quote the website, “he stood up for victims by taking gang members off the streets who had committed crimes like murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery, and drug trafficking.”
If elected, the website says it best: “Charlie will take his experience fighting for regular people, and against crime, corruption, and consumer fraud, to the Attorney General’s office. He will be a prosecutor – not an insider politician – who will put the safety of Georgians first. He has the experience to work with local police and prosecutors to keep our neighborhoods safe, to crack down on companies that exploit and defraud Georgians, and to hold corrupt politicians accountable.”
If Bailey sounds like your kind of attorney general, the elections will be held on November 6.