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Lifelong Prosecutor David Cooke
to Run For Macon Circuit District Attorney in November

by Amanda Smith

On November 6, 2012, lifelong prosecutor David Cooke will run for the seat of Macon Circuit District Attorney against incumbent Greg Winters. The Macon Circuit District Attorney is the chief prosecuting attorney, trying felony cases in Bibb, Peach and Crawford counties.

Cooke grew up in Carrollton, Georgia, and graduated from the University of Georgia. In 1993, Cooke moved to Macon to attend Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law. While at Mercer, Cooke attended Macon’s First Baptist Church of Christ where he met his wife, Macon native Rebecca Rowell Cooke.

Cooke is currently serving as a Senior Assistant District Attorney where he leads the Child Enforcement Division, insuring that families and children are represented and receive the help they need during tough times. Previously, he served as Chief of the Special Victims Unit (SVU) and prosecuted homicides for four years in Atlanta, prosecuting crimes against women and children and other serious felonies. As a Chief Assistant District Attorney in Atlanta, Cooke prosecuted the high profile starvation and murder of 5 year -old Terrell Peterson by his grandmother and aunt.

Cooke has also served as the Assistant Solicitor-General in Athens, Georgia; Assistant District Attorney in Carrollton, Georgia and as an Assistant United States Attorney, where he prosecuted Internet Crimes Against Children. Having tried 16 murder trials in 2004, Cooke was later named the Special Unit "Lawyer of the Year" by the Fulton County District Attorney's office. In 2005, he was named one of the 10 Georgia lawyers "On the Rise" by the Fulton County Daily Report and was later nominated as Georgia's Assistant District Attorney of the Year.

The recipient of many honors, Cooke has received awards for his advocacy from the US Department of Justice in 2006 and the Rainbow House Children’s Resource Center in 2008. In 2009, he made the short list to be nominated as President Obama's United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. In 2010, he was nominated a second time as Georgia's Assistant District Attorney of the year by then DA Jason Ashford. Later that same year, he was named to the board of directors of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, DC. In 2011, David was appointed to Gov. Nathan Deal's new task force on prosecuting the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC).

A tough-as-nails prosecutor, Cooke has a soft side for children and has devoted his life to their protection and the prosecution of those who hurt them. Known by his friends as "the nicest family man you'll ever meet", Cooke met and married Macon native Rebecca Rowell Cooke and the couple has three children. All three children attend public schools.

The Cookes both serve as deacons at the First Baptist Church of Christ, Macon, and David also teaches RA's (Royal Ambassadors), the 2nd grade through 5th grade missions class for boys.

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