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A Preacher and a Prosecutor Making Justice Work

Gregory Bushway believes that his personal story and professional experience make him uniquely qualified to be the nest District Attorney in the Macon Circuit. Attorney Bushway's mother was 16 years old when he was born in Detroit, Michigan. She never finished high school and Attorney Bushway's father deserted the family. Mr. Bushway's grandmother helped raise him and was the person who took him to church Sunday after Sunday. Through his grandmother's steadying influence Attorney Bushway finished high school and college and was recruited by Emory University in Atlanta to pioneer their brand new Law and Theology program. Bushway was enrolled in law school and seminary at the same time and was awarded a Doctor of Law degree and a Master of Divinity degree. Attorney Bushway became the first graduate of Emory’s Law and Theology Program and Bernice King, the youngest daughter of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. became the second graduate. Following graduation, Attorney Bushway believed God had blessed him and in response to God's blessings, Mr. Bushway wanted to work with people who were poor and oppressed. Mr. Bushway accepted a position as a n attorney with Georgia Legal Services and moved to Macon in 1989. Mr. Bushway's clients were typically women with small children who were being evicted from their home, unfairly losing their public assistance and fighting for access to public education. Attorney Bushway also served as a pastor at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church. At Mulberry Street Church, Attorney Bushway provided legal assistance to homeless people. In 1995 Attorney felt the Spirit leading him to a full time position in the courtroom. Attorney Bushway became and Assistant district Attorney in the Ocmulgee Circuit in 1995. There he has tried cases ranging from high profile murder cases to traffic offenses. Attorney Bushway believes his life experience provides him with the vision to lead the District Attorney's office. "I understand the issues our youth face; strong leadership is needed to stop the revolving door of crime that is threatening our neighborhoods," Bushway said. "we need to reach out to our youth and help them from traveling the road that leads to a life of crime. I want to be a part of the solution, not part of the problem," Bushway stated. Attorney Bushway is married to Dr. Angie Shurling Bushway and they have two daughters, Mary Caroline, age 5 and Piper who is 4.

 

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Mike Thurmond
Gregory Bushway