Cannon Jr. to Run for DA
Cherokee County District Attorney Garry Moss announced Feb. 8 that he would not seek re-election.
Cherokee County Solicitor General David L. Cannon Jr. wants a new office: District Attorney.
"Yes I am running," he wrote in an email to Canton-Sixes Patch. "The only paperwork at this time is to accept continuations. That will be forthcoming."
Garry Moss, Cherokee's district attorney since 1989, announced last month that he would not seek re-election and would throw his support behind Assistant District Attorney Shannon Wallace, according to the Cherokee Tribune.
At the time, Cannon hadn't made up his mind and told the Tribune that Wallace's candidacy would not impact his decision.
A 1988 graduate of Cherokee High, Cannon received his bachelor's degree in management information systems from the University of Georgia in 1992. He got his law degree from Mercer University School of Law in 1995.
Cannon has been the chief prosecutor for Cherokee County State Court since January 2003. In that capacity, he has overseen the prosecution of misdemeanors such as shoplifting and driving under the influence. Cannon also helped establish a DUI Court and Marijuana Court program that treats and rehabilitates repeat offenders at their own expense. And he instituted the county’s first pre-trial diversion program for teen offenders.
It was work with that program that landed Cannon in the news in September 2011. Volunteers with a local veterans group blanketed Downtown Canton with 3,000 flags as a tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Days after the ceremony, Cannon saw the flags still in the ground and thought he'd help with the cleanup while teaching participants in the county's pre-trial diversion program the importance of community service.
There was just one problem: The veterans group didn't know about the cleanup efforts and said the flags weren't properly retired.
Cannon apologized and said his intentions were pure.