Appointed DA Broder announces for February special election

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District Attorney Marie Broder. Photo/Submitted.
District Attorney Marie Broder. Photo/Submitted.

District Attorney Marie Greene Broder has announced her candidacy for election as District Attorney of the Griffin Judicial Circuit in a special election on Feb. 9.

The Georgia Supreme Court recently ruled that the term of District Attorney could not be extended by the Governor for two years as was initially thought, so the Governor has called this special election, said Broder.

“I am honored to have this job, and I am running to remain District Attorney in this special election,” Broder said.

Broder was appointed in March to fill the vacancy left when former District Attorney Ben Coker was sworn in as Superior Court Judge.

Broder has represented the State of Georgia since 2011, shortly after her graduation from the University of Georgia School of Law. She then trained as a prosecutor in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit.

In 2012, Broder returned to her native circuit to serve her community. Living for several years in Fayette County, Broder moved to Griffin in 2017 where she lives with her husband and daughter.

A Thomaston native, Broder grew up as the daughter of a cattle farmer and a special education teacher.

Broder has tried cases of every kind ranging from traffic citations to capital murder as an Assistant District Attorney and then as Chief Assistant District Attorney. In the brief time since her appointment as District Attorney, she has steered the District Attorney’s four county offices through the pandemic with an eye toward safeguarding the health of her employees while remaining available to the public that she serves.

Once approved by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, she orchestrated the reopening of grand jury proceedings in all four counties and is eagerly awaiting the green light to resume jury trials.

“This job is a calling; it is not a path to travel lightly,” said Broder. “When victimized by crime, people feel as if they are robbed of their voice. It is the honor of my life to lend them mine.”