HOMERVILLE -- A Homerville attorney announced she is running for district attorney of the Alapaha Judicial Circuit this week.

Cathy Harris Helms said she would seek the office and work diligently in her efforts to regain the confidence of constituents and restore the integrity and respect for the office.

"After much thought and discussion with those whom I love, trust and respect, I have decided to run," she said.

"I believe I can make a difference. I have practiced law for nearly 18 years, including more than two years as an assistant district attorney in the Valdosta DA's office -- one of the best in the state -- and the last 13 years in private law practice with my husband, Jeff Helms."

Helms is a member of the Alapaha Bar Association, where she served as treasurer and president; American Bar Association; and the State Bar of Georgia, where she is a member of several committees including Standards of the Profession and the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers.

She is the attorney for regional libraries across Georgia, where she has presented seminars on library law and the legal issues they face.

She recently presented a seminar on open meetings and open records use in trial practice at St. Simons Island. She has published several articles in the Georgia Library Quarterly discussing Georgia open meetings and open records acts and how they affect libraries.

Helms is a member of the Homerville United Methodist Church, the Homerville Woman's Club and is a co-founder of Clinch Citizens Against Polluting the Environment. She served as the attorney coach for the Clinch County High School Mock Trial team for 10 years.

Helms, a Democrat, is seeking the seat held by longtime District Attorney Bob Ellis, who is under federal indictment but still eligible to seek office.

To contact Tanya B. O'Berry, call 244-3400, ext. 239.

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