4 apply to become temporary district attorney for Macon

Four candidates vying to be the next district attorney in the Macon Judicial Circuit have submitted applications to Gov. Sonny Perdue asking to be temporarily appointed to the post until the Nov. 2 election.

The vacancy was created when former District Attorney Howard Simms stepped down June 29 to run for a judgeship. Chief Assistant District Attorney Wayne G. Tillis is serving as acting district attorney.

Circuit prosecutors Sharell Lewis and Greg Winters, Houston County prosecutor David Cooke and Jones County prosecutor Gregory Bushway have submitted applications, said Bert Brantley, a spokesman for the governor. No timeline has been set for the appointment, he said.