Thursday, April 15, 2010

Conservative Democrat Ken Hodges Stopped in Crisp County on Tuesday

Ken Hodges, one of four candidates this year for Georgia Attorney General, made a stop in Cordele Tuesday.

Hodges, a former district attorney in Dougherty County is running as a Democrat. He is the only candidate, he says, with the prosecuting experience needed by the attorney general.

This is the first time since the attorney general’s seat became an elected position during Carl Sanders’ administration as governor that it has been open with no incumbent, Hodges explains. Previous attorneys general have been appointed.

“The office needs someone with my experience,” he contends. While serving 12 years as Dougherty County district attorney, he says he stood before many juries and was successful in putting many criminals behind bars.

He was Georgia’s first district attorney to go after predatory lenders, winning back hundreds of thousands of dollars for victims of fraud, he says.

He also established one of the state’s first sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) programs. Today, this program, the Lily Pad SANE Center serves 27 counties in Georgia.

Among the suspects he has successfully prosecuted are a judge and several police officers and other law enforcement officers. “The attorney general’s office needs someone who won’t allow public corruption,” Hodges said.

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