By Quinn Rafferty
A 33-year-old assistant district attorney announced Monday that he will seek the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorny job after current District Attorney Stephen Bradley announced his intention to run for a Superior Court judgeship.
Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Chief Judge William “Billy” Prior announced last Friday that he would not seek another term as judge.
Wright Barksdale said becoming a district attorney has been a life-long dream. “I’ve wanted this for a long time. I’ve never wanted to be a judge,” he said. “I want to be a district attorney.”
Barksdale is currently stationed at the Putnam County Courthouse and has been an assistant district attorney since his graduation from the John Marshall School of Law in 2012. Barksdale said he has prosecuted cases across the circuit, including Morgan County, but primarily works in Putnam, Jones and Hancock counties.
“He’s the hardest working assistant district attorney I’ve ever seen,” said Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills.
Barksdale was born and raised in Washington County and comes from a family of both agricultural intersests and small business. He said he comes from a family full of members willing to serve on various committees. He also said growing up in Sandersville and working at the family store taught him management skills.
Barksdale is a Georgia Southern graduate, as well.