Michelle Leigh Holbrook Homier announced her intentions Friday to run against attorney Jeff Rusbridge, who is also seeking the seat vacated by Gober’s retirement.
Homier pointed to her four years of experience with the Fulton County Public Defender’s Office as well as her work in Cherokee State Court in making the announcement.
“I have been both a defense attorney and a prosecutor for about equal parts of my career, and I believe I can be fair and just to both sides of any case that comes into court,” she said. “More importantly, though, I feel that like my background in history has taught me that to understand where we want to go, we need to start with our past, to start from the beginning.”
Homier grew up in Woodstock, attended public schools in Cherokee County and graduated from Sequoyah High School in 1996 before attending Georgia Tech, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in history, technology, and society.
She attended law school at the University of Georgia, was a Georgia Senate intern in college, and after college, worked as a case clerk with Alston and Bird in Atlanta.
In 2007, she and husband, Tony Homier, moved back to Cherokee County, where she began working for the Solicitor General’s Office.
“I began my work there in the traffic court division and have really re-connected with traffic problems and systems,” she said. “Traffic court keeps me grounded to the feelings of the general public. This county is my people, it is my blood, and I want nothing more than to proudly represent Cherokee County as State Court judge.”
Homier is a member of the Blue Ridge Bar Association and the American Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court and all lower Georgia courts.
The candidate lives in the Great Sky community in Canton with her husband and the couple’s two children.