A Macon attorney has filed a notice of intent to run against former District Attorney Howard Simms for a Superior Court judgeship.
G. Morris Carr, 36, has registered his campaign committee with the State Ethics Commission. He and Simms, 47, will be vying for the Macon Judicial Circuit judgeship now held by Judge Lamar Sizemore.
Sizemore has announced that he will not seek re-election this year.
The Macon Judicial Circuit comprises Bibb, Crawford and Peach counties.
Carr said he’s aspired to be a judge since his days at Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law.
“I think there’s a place on the bench for a younger judge,” he said.
After graduating from law school in 1998, Carr worked in sales and as a self-employed attorney until he landed a job with Macon’s Shaffer, Raymond & Dalton law firm in 2003. He left the firm in 2009 as a partner and subsequently started his own legal practice.
Carr said his experience includes work in both civil and criminal law.
He said he plans to qualify in the race today.
Simms resigned from his post as the circuit’s district attorney Monday after filing qualifying paperwork to run for the judgeship on the same day.
Simms has said he would bring a new and needed perspective to the bench through his more than 20 years of prosecuting felony offenses.
He faced public scrutiny earlier this month in connection with a traffic stop and questions of whether a police officer gave him special treatment.
Macon police denied showing Simms favoritism.
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