Local attorney announces run for District Attorney

Updated: Jan 24

Rev. Dexter Wimbish Announcement for

Griffin Judicial District Attorney Special Election

As a native Georgian, I am excited to announce my candidacy for the February 9, 2021 Griffin Judicial District Attorney Special Election. I have spent the past twenty-six (26) years serving the citizens of Georgia as private attorney, municipal court judge, Mercer University adjunct professor, civil rights advocate and minister. My family and I moved to Griffin five years ago and have worked since then to be active members of the community. I am proud to be a member of Griffin’s Rising Star Baptist Church and I currently serve on several community-based organizations working to improve the lives of Griffin-Spalding residents.

I grew up in Greensboro, Georgia, the great grandchild of a family of sharecroppers who defied the odds and purchased the very land that they raised on harvested cotton on. I was the first person in my family to attend and graduate college finishing as the 1991 Salutatorian of the graduating class of Morris Brown College. I attended law school as a Drake Opperman Scholar at Drake University where I completed a J.D./M.P.A. joint degree program in 1994. After law school I served as the Deputy Director of the Center for Democratic Renewal where I coordinated a national response to a rash of arsons that struck Black houses of worship across the South. In 2004. I was appointed the youngest General Counsel of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In this capacity, I traveled the country working to ensure that every American is treated with dignity and respect while fighting against overt and covert racism. My work in the community has been highlighted by recognition as a 2013 Chief Justice Robert Benham Award winner and in 2019 Drake University named me Alumni of the Year in the area of Community Service.

As an attorney I have practiced in nearly half of the 159 counties in Georgia handling felonies, misdemeanors, and traffic offenses. I have the reputation of not being afraid to take a matter to trial when the evidence does not support a conviction. I am a member of the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Georgia as well as the Georgia Court of Appeals. My practice has included criminal, civil litigation, family law, employment discrimination, probate, and education law.

I have chosen to run for the Office of District Attorney because it is my belief that our criminal justice system needs reform. The past 25 years has seen increased incarceration rates and the criminalization of our educational system in response to gang violence, drugs, and school shootings. While it important to punish criminals for their behavior, the system has failed those persons who are simply everyday people who made bad decisions often influenced by socioeconomic factors. My goal as District Attorney is to find innovative ways to reform our criminal justice system to stop the revolving doors of our criminal justice system to build a better community. In my opinion, this type of innovation does not materialize when we have uncontested judicial and district attorney elections. When we have elected officials running unopposed, the voices of the entire community are not being heard. When you have no opposition, you end up with the types of decision to prosecute or not prosecute like we have seen in such high profile cases such as Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.

For more information, please follow our campaign at WimbishforDA.com or contact us vote@wimbishforda.com.

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