Former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears is endorsing former prosecutor Ken Hodges in the Democratic race for attorney general.
Sears, the state’s first female member of the Supreme Court, retired this summer. She joins former Atlanta mayor and U.N. ambassador Andrew Young as top Georgia Democrats to endorse Hodges.
Hodges faces state Rep. Rob Teilhet (D-Smryna) in next year’s primary. Teilhet has been endorsed by Sen. Emanuel Jones (D-Decatur), the chairman of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, as well as a several top Democrats from the Savannah area.
“Ken has the legal abilities, backbone and character critical for a strong attorney general,” Sears said in a statement.
Sears was the first African-American female in the nation to become a state’s chief justice when she was sworn in in 2005.
“As a prosecutor in South Georgia, I fought for the rights of victims and worked to create a safer place to live, and as attorney general, I will continue to do that for all Georgians,” said Hodges, the former Albany prosecutor.