David Cooke, Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney Candidate
The race for District Attorney for the Macon Judicial Circuit was a rough one, and heated at times.
Democratic candidate David Cooke attacked incumbent Greg Winters' track record, claiming the DA had wrongly dismissed every rape case he'd handled. Winters shot back that Cooke had his facts wrong.
In the end, it was the challenger, Cooke, who prevailed.
13WMAZ's Jennifer Moulliet was at both of the candidates' headquarters Tuesday night.
Winters was celebrating his birthday and said he also hoped to celebrate a re-election. He started the night by showing his supporters that he appreciated them.
"But no matter what happens, I want to thank you for your support and for being here," said Winters.
As Cooke started to pull ahead, he addressed his supporters.
"This is really quite a honor and humbling," Cooke said.
He says being elected is a dream come true.
"Over a decade ago somebody asked me if I could be anything I wanted to be, what would it be, and I said I wanted to be the District Attorney for the Macon circuit," said Cooke.
He says both he and his wife, Rebecca, wanted to raise their kids in Macon, attending the same church where they met.
"I'm very proud about how he's run his campaign. He was a Godly man the whole way through. I think he showed his true character the whole time," Rebecca Cooke said.
The first thing he says is on his agenda is to assign a prosecutor who handles only sex trafficking cases.
"I also want to look at how the office is handling crimes against women and children. I mean I made no secret, I think that's a problem and I want to change the way we do that so it results in a higher conviction rate," explained Cooke.
He says he owes a great deal of gratitude to all of his supporters.
Cooke will take over as the District Attorney of the Macon Judicial Circuit in January.
The circuit covers Bibb, Peach and Crawford counties.