By Tia Lynn Ivey
Stephen Bradley has announced his run for Superior Court Judge in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit to take the place of Judge William Prior, who is retiring at the end of the year.
Bradley, who has served as District Attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit for five years, and as public servant for 25 years, decided to run to serve the system in a new way.
“It has been a privilege and an honor to be the District Attorney,” said Bradley. “We as a team have been able to do a lot of good, but I just believe this an opportunity to do something different for the circuit.”
If elected Superior Court Judge, Bradley hopes to preside over cases fairly and justly while treating everyone who comes before him with respect and dignity.
“People deserve their day in court,” said Bradley. “The facts and the law ought to rule the day and people should be treated well. We are looking forward to continuing Judge Prior’s legacy of honor and fairness in the court room and treating folks fairly and with dignity.”
Five years ago, former Governor Nathan Deal appointed Bradley to the District Attorney position for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, which serves eight counties, including Morgan County. Throughout Bradley’s career as a District Attorney, he sought to uphold the balance between punishment and rehabilitation. “For those who have proven themselves unwilling to better themselves, who have committed horrible crimes and are a danger to others, we need to see to it that they end up behind bars and stay there,” said Bradley in a previous interview. “But for those who need help, who just need a leg up, we want to give them an opportunity to turn their lives around. The key is to make sure we are serving the citizens’ public safety, and sometimes that means giving people the opportunity to do right.”
Also during his time as DA, Bradley’s office worked on “victim-focused” efforts to help enhance the help and resources for victims of crimes.
“If elected, I hope to extend the same goals we’ve had in this office as a judge,” said Bradley.
Bradley, originally from Northern Florida, has lived in Georgia for over 20 years and resides in Putnam County with his wife Lisa, and his two daughters, Alexandra and Samantha.
As of now, Bradley is running unopposed, but there is time for other candidates to throw their hats into the race. Bradley will be on the May 19 ballot for the General primary election with all the nonpartisan races.