Superior Court Judge Lamar Sizemore announced Monday that he has decided not to seek a third term on the bench.
“I have worked with wonderful people of great integrity at every level of our local government and have been enriched by the relationships,” Sizemore wrote in an e-mail distributed to members of the Macon Bar Association on Monday afternoon.
“I have come to know and have developed what I hope will be lasting friendships with lawyers whose paths did not cross with mine in private practice,” he wrote.
Sizemore said in February that he had been considering a return to private practice or becoming a senior judge. He was appointed to his position in 2001 by then-Gov. Roy Barnes to fill a vacancy created by the death of Judge Walker P. Johnson Jr. His term on the bench expires Dec. 31.
Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney Howard Simms said Monday that he will run for Sizemore’s seat on the bench and will step down from his elected post at the end of June.
In a statement, Simms said that if he’s elected, he would be the only career prosecutor on the bench.
“A prosecutor’s job is not to win cases but to seek justice,” he said. “My whole career has been about seeking the truth, and I plan to continue doing that from the bench.”
Simms was elected district attorney for Bibb, Crawford and Peach counties in 2000 after working as an assistant district attorney in the office since 1988.
Meanwhile, two prosecutors say they plan to run for the Macon Judicial Circuit district attorney’s job if Simms resigns.
Gregory Bushway now serves as a prosecutor in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, where he’s tried cases for 15 years. Most of his work is concentrated in Jones County. He previously worked as a lawyer with Georgia Legal Services in Macon for six years.
Nancy Scott Malcor is a prosecutor in Simms’ office. In her 15 years with the office, she’s primarily prosecuted child abuse and major felony cases, with some work in narcotics.
A third prosecutor, David Cooke, also has expressed interest in the post. Cooke has worked as chief prosecutor with the Special Victims Unit of the Houston County District Attorney’s Office since 2007. In the previous 10 years, he worked as a chief senior assistant district attorney in Atlanta, an assistant district attorney in Carrollton and as an assistant solicitor general in Athens.
Information from The Telegraph’s archives was included in this report.
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