ALBANY, Ga. -- One of the four candidates eyeing the position of Georgia's top attorney has set his sites on an area of the state he considers his political base.
Ken Hodges, a Democratic candidate for state attorney general and former Dougherty County district attorney, hosted a ribbon-cutting to commemorate the opening of his Albany campaign headquarters Thursday.
"This is our campaign, not my campaign," Hodges said at the event. "The folks in Southwest Georgia need to help us get the word out."
There has already been some initiative shown by Albanians to get the former district attorney elected, the candidate said.
"There have been friends in Albany that have already called Atlanta," said Hodges. "We need our friends to call the state.
"I want my state to be a better place. I want to be attorney general to keep people in Georgia safe."
Given the response seen from potential voters, Hodges feels his campaign is going well.
"We are getting positive feedback," he said.
Hodges qualified for the race in April. Also running for the position on the Democratic ticket is Rob Teilhet, a state representative from Smyrna. Sam Olens, former chairman of the Cobb County Commission, and Maxwell Wood, past U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, are running on the Republican ticket.
"We want people to look at all the (attorney general candidates)," Hodges said. "People need to get the qualifications of the people they are voting for."
Hodges was surrounded by family and friends from the Albany area at Thursday's event. Among those present to offer support was Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard.
"We need to circle up around Ken; he's one of us," Sinyard said. "We need to let folks know what kind of prosecutor he is and what kind of person he is."
Also at the campaign headquarters was Greg Edwards, the current Dougherty County district attorney.
"He (Hodges) is an experienced prosecutor, and he's worked extensively with other district attorneys," Edwards said. "He is currently well-placed in terms of experience and connectivity. That kind of connectivity is vital."
The Albany headquarters is located at 1125 Dawson Road.
Early voting is currently ongoing through July 16. The primary election is set to take place July 20. The winners in the two primaries will compete against each other for the office during the general election in November.