By Patrick Yost
A former assistant district attorney announced last week that he would run as a Republican for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney job.
Carl Cansino, 49, is currently a criminal defense attorney and is the Solicitor of Milledgville and resides in Baldwin County, one of the eight counties in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit.
Cansino was hired by former Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Fred Bright as an assistant district attorney in 1998 and worked as a prosecutor for the state until 2004. Ocmulgee Judical Circuit Superior Court Judge Amanda Petty was his former law partner.
Cansino was on the short list to become a judge when Superior Court Judge Terry Massey was appointed. Cansino is Florida State University graduate and a 1995 graduate of the John Marshall Law School Atlanta.
He is married with four children.
Cansino said he enjoyed serving the public during his time as a prosecutor and looks forward to continuing that public service. “I’ve always wanted to finish my career in public service,” he said.
A current Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Wright Barksdale announced last week that he, too would seek the office and would run as a Republican. Barksdale announcement came on the heals of Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Stephen Bradley announcing that he would run to replace Chief Judge William “Billy’ Prior. Judge Prior announced he would not seek another term.