Carl Cansino

Carl S. Cansino, a well-known criminal defense lawyer in Milledgeville, is the latest political candidate to announce his intention to seek the office of district attorney of the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit.

Cansino made his political intention known publicly via social media Friday afternoon.

Cansino, whose office is known as The Cansino Law Firm, LLC, is a former assistant district attorney.

He served in that position when Fredric Bright served as district attorney.

“Under Fred’s mentorship, I gained valuable trial experience and a passion for the administration of justice,” Cansino said. “My seven years as an ADA, coupled with 16 years as Milledgeville’s Municipal Court prosecutor and private practitioner prepares me best to serve our community as district attorney.”

Cansino thanked those who had encouraged him to seek the office of district attorney.

“Today, I humbly ask for your support to continue my passion in seeking justice as your district attorney of the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit,” Cansino said.

Meanwhile, two assistant district attorneys have also announced their political intentions to seek the office of district attorney.

They include T. Wright Barksdale, who prosecutes criminal cases in Putnam and Hancock counties, as well as Dawn Baskin, a senior assistant district attorney, who primarily prosecutes criminal cases in Jones County.

When reached by The Union-Recorder on Friday afternoon, Barksdale and Baskin both indicated they still plan to qualify as candidates for district attorney.

Qualifying doesn’t begin until the first week in March.

The Primary Election falls on Tuesday, May 19.

Incumbent District Attorney Stephen A. Bradley recently announced that he will not seek re-election as district attorney, but will seek the office currently held by Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court Chief Judge William A. Prior Jr., who has decided not to seek re-election to another four-year term.



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