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Bainbridge-- Cathy Cox could make history as Georgia's first woman governor. But she's broken political ground before.

The 46-year old Bainbridge native followed her father's footsteps into politics. Walter Cox was mayor of Bainbridge and served 16-years in the General Assembly.

Cathy Cox attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College then earned a journalism degree from the University of Georgia. She later graduated from Mercer University law school and practiced law in Atlanta and Bainbridge.

Cox represented Decatur and surrounding counties in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1993 to 1996 then served three years as Georgia's assistant Secretary of State. In 1998 she became Georgia's first woman Secretary of State. She won re-election in 2002 in a landslide, winning 146 of 159 counties.

She became a national leader in election reform and led Georgia to become the first state in the country to deploy a uniform electronic voting system in every county.

If Cox wins the election, she won't be the first Georgia governor from Bainbridge. Marvin Griffin served one term from 1955 to 1959, succeeding legendary Herman Talmadge.

Griffin and Cox share a connection to the Bainbridge Post Searchlight. He was editor of the newspaper which his family owned, and she worked as a reporter there. Griffin was a staunch segregationist, but dramatically increased spending on black schools. He died in 1982.

The race for the Democratic nomination for governor will include another South Georgian, Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor of Albany. It will be a hard fought campaign. Both candidates have had their eyes on the governor's mansion for years. Mark Taylor has amassed a huge campaign war chest, exceeding well over one million dollars already.

His campaign says there's no way Cathy Cox can compete. She says, however, that the people of Georgia can't be bought and electing a governor should not come down to who has the most money.


posted by dave.miller@walb.com