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Dawn Baskin

Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Senior Assistant District Attorney Dawn M. Baskin has decided not to seek election as district attorney of the eight-county circuit.

Baskin, who primarily prosecutes criminal cases in Jones County Superior Court in Gray, made her decision in a post that was shared on Facebook Monday afternoon.

She cited several exciting things happening in her personal life that prevent her from becoming an official candidate for district attorney.

Baskin said she learned within days of announcing that she would become a candidate for the office that she was going to be a grandmother again. She said she then learned that her family’s new house plans had been completed by the architect and then two weeks ago, they learned their middle daughter had gotten engaged.

“I dropped by head into my hands,” Baskin said in the Facebook post. “I realized with this last news that I could not spend one dollar on a campaign sign that I could spend on my daughter’s wedding, my grandchild’s birth or my forever home.”

Baskin said she realized God was telling her that this was not her time.

“I had planned on running as an Independent because I sincerely believe that the position of district attorney should be non-partisan,” Baskin said, noting that if she had qualified that the race would not have been decided until November. “As much as I believe in this ideal, the reality is that this office and this circuit needs to know who its leader is going to be.”

Baskin offered her sincerely apology to anyone she may have disappointed, but believes the decision she made in the best interest of her family.

Baskin and another assistant district attorney, T. Wright Barksdale, recently talked with The Union-Recorder in a news story and indicated they would be seeking the office currently held by District Attorney Stephen A. Bradley, who recently announced that he is not seeking re-election. Instead, Bradley is running for the judgeship position currently held by Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court Chief Judge William A. Prior Jr.

Bradley will continue serving as district attorney through his current four-year term that ends on Dec. 31.

Baskin’s decision to withdraw as an intended candidate for district attorney, means that the race for district attorney, as it now stands, now includes only Barksdale and Carl S. Cansino, a prominent criminal defense attorney.

Barksdale, who prosecutes criminal cases in Putnam and Hancock counties and has worked as an assistant district attorney for the past seven years, lives in Jones County.

Cansino, meanwhile, who also is a former assistant district attorney of seven years, lives in Milledgeville and operates a private law office there. 

Qualifying for candidates seeking that office does not officially begin until the first week of March.

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