ATLANTA -- Ken Hodges (D), twelve-year District Attorney for Dougherty County, qualified this morning to run for Attorney General as the only Democratic candidate with the law enforcement experience required of Georgia's chief law enforcement officer.
Hodges delivered his qualifying papers Monday morning with his wife and daughter at his side at the Georgia State Capitol, promising that his campaign for Attorney General will show Georgians the best candidate for the job.
"At the end of the day, you've really got to be who you say you are," Hodges said. "I'm a strong prosecutor who has a proven record fighting public corruption and standing up for victims of crime. That's why I'm running, and it's why I have the drive, the support, and the best chance of any Democrat to win this race in November."
By qualifying this morning, Hodges makes his candidacy official after many months of statewide campaigning. His growing list of bi-partisan supporters includes Ambassador Andrew Young, U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, and former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears, along with labor unions, farmers, law enforcers, small business owners, and Georgians all over.
"For over a decade I've prosecuted sexual predators, deadbeat dads, and corrupt politicians. As Attorney General, I'll continue to fight for all Georgians," Hodges said.
Ken Hodges served for 12 years as Dougherty County's District Attorney. A proven prosecutor, Hodges earned distinctions as the Chairman of the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia, the President of the District Attorney's Association of Georgia, and as the state's District Attorney of the Year in 2002. A winner of the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council's Eagle Award, Hodges believes in prosecuting public corruption, cracking down on gangs and urban crime, and supporting law enforcement in its efforts to protect all Georgians.