Ga. AG running for governor

John O'Brien Apr. 2, 2009, 1:46pm


ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker will attempt to become the state's first African-American governor in 2010.

The Democrat has served as the state's attorney general since 1997 when he was appointed by Gov. Zell Miller. He's in his third four-year term and officially filed papers to run for governor on Wednesday, the Augusta Chronicle reported.

Baker is hoping to replace Republican Sonny Perdue, whose second term expires in 2011.

Baker was born in Rocky Mount, N.C., in 1952 and moved to Georgia to attend Emory University's law school, from which he graduated in 1979. He later served nine years in the state's House of Representatives.

The Augusta Chronicle report noted that possible GOP opponents in the 2010 race include Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Karen Handel, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine and state Rep. Austin Scott.

So far, Baker's only opponent for the Democratic primary is David Poythress, a former commander of the Georgia National Guard.

Baker served as president of the National Association of Attorneys General in 2007.

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