Candidate enters district attorney race
By LOUIE BROGDON
The Brunswick News
A former assistant district attorney is entering the race to become the circuit's next lead prosecutor.
Jonathan Miller has announced his intention to run for the office of district attorney of the Brunswick Judicial Circuit.
Miller will be running against his former boss, District Attorney Jackie Johnson, who was appointed to the office by Gov. Nathan Deal.
Miller started at the Glynn County District Attorney's Office in 2005, under now Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley, after closing his small business.
"I went to law school at 38 to become a 40-year-old rookie attorney. I saw the changes in the mortgage industry in 2000, and though I was a little early, I decided to become a lawyer," Miller said.
Miller initially thought he was going to have a career in property law but took his first job with the district attorney's office and stayed.
"I never left. I fell in love with the work. I have a passion for prosecuting," Miller said.
Before Miller left the Glynn County office in March, he had risen to the position managing attorney.
Miller cited his success with the Fast Track system as being among his qualification for the job. The program is designed to move low level, non-violent jail inmates through the system more efficiently by offering reduced sentences,
Another goal Miller has for the office is to work with the court system and law enforcement to start a mental health court, which would help the courts better deal with defendants with mental illness.
"We have demolished our mental health system in this country, so we don't have a place to put those people (with mental illness). So now we have to place them in the criminal justice system. They don't belong there," Miller said.
Miller, a Glynn Academy graduate, graduated from what today is the College of Coastal Georgia with a degree in Business Administration. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in political science and received his juris doctorate from the Florida Coastal School of Law. He lives in Glynn County.
Miller will face District Attorney Johnson in the July 31 GOP primary.
The Brunswick Judicial Circuit includes Appling, Camden, Glynn, Jeff Davis and Wayne counties.