MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Democrat David Cooke has defeated incumbent Republican Greg Winters for Bibb County District Attorney.
Cooke supporters celebrated in downtown Macon Tuesday night. He started bright and early Tuesday morning making stops all over the circuit. He said it’s been a long campaign and feels like his grass root efforts have finally paid off.
“It’s a dream come true,” says Cooke. “You know, many years ago, someone asked me if I could have any job in the world, what would it be? And I said I wanted to be the D.A. of the Macon Circuit. I’ve always felt like it was a need. I’ve seen that there was a need. I’ve seen that we needed to do a better job for the victims and I really feel like victims and victim advocates were key to our success.”
The race between Cooke and Winters was arguably one of the most heated races for Bibb County District Attorney. Winters claimed that Cooke’s statements questioning his job qualifications were completely false. Winters met at a friend’s home Tuesday, celebrating his birthday and awaiting the numbers.
“Some of the comments made by my opponent weren’t accurate,” says Winters. “And I’ve continually tried to correct him and I think that’s where the tension has come from.”
Cooke says his first priority once he takes office is to end sex trafficking, which he says has become a major problem. He says he will assign a special prosecutor just to work those cases.