In the immediate aftermath of the upheaval in our judicial circuit, I stepped forward to run for District Attorney. I did this for one reason. I wanted to preserve the office and its legacy. I love this office and have for more than 20 years. The people in this office are more than my co-workers; they are my second family. I quickly stepped up believing that this was what I was meant to do.
As is often the case, God directs us, not in grand gestures, but in small measures and quiet voices. Within days of making my decision public, I learned that I was going to be a grandmother again this year. My shoulders dropped a little at the thought of missing out on that child’s birth. Within a week of the news of the pregnancy, my husband and I received our house plans for our forever home from the architect. We had ordered them prior to the announcement and had forgotten about them in the excitement of the election. My shoulders dropped a little more at the thought that we were going to have to put off construction for a year. Two weeks ago, I was elated to learn that my middle daughter is engaged to be married. I dropped my head into my hands. 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. I realized that this was God telling me that this was not my time.
I had planned on running as an independent because I sincerely believe that the position of District Attorney should be non-partisan. All our citizens, no matter their political affiliation, deserve to feel safe and protected. My decision, however, would have caused this election to go to 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. Accordingly, I am no longer a candidate for consideration for the position of District Attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit. Please vote in the May 19, 2020, primary and let your voice be heard. I would ask for prayers for our judicial circuit, for the voters of our circuit and for the staff of the Office of the District Attorney. I sincerely apologize to anyone whom I have disappointed but I believe that this decision is in the best of my family, no matter how difficult it was to make.
Dawn M. Baskin
Senior Assistant District Attorney