Baker entering race for Georgia governor

Baker entering race for Georgia governor

April 1st, 2009 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

ATLANTA - Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker is entering the 2010 race for governor in Georgia, jumping into a crowded field to replace Sonny Perdue when his second term expires.

If he wins Baker, a Democrat, would be Georgia's first black governor.

Baker will file the paperwork to enter the race today, aides said.

Baker served nine years in the state House of Representatives, where he rose to become a floor leader for then-Gov. Zell Miller.

When Miller appointed Baker attorney general in 1997, he made history as the first black to hold the post. In 2006 he was elected to his third four-year term.