Baker running unopposed for eighth term on bench

COVINGTON - Probate Judge Henry Baker is one of only three local candidates running for re-election unopposed.

Baker, a Democrat, will begin his eighth term in January.

"I just want to continue doing the job I've been doing. I enjoy it and look forward to coming to work most days," he said.

Baker's office, located in the Newton County Judicial Center on Usher Street, handles wills, trusts and estates, as well as marriage licenses and firearms permits. Baker also serves as chief magistrate judge.

A Newton County native, Baker is a graduate of Newton High School and Georgia Southern University.

After earning a bachelor's and a master's degree in education, Baker took a job with the Newton County School System teaching middle school. He held that position for four years, then served a three-year stint in the Army before he was elected probate judge.

Baker is a member of the Covington Kiwanis Club and American Legion Post 32 and attends Trinity United Methodist Church.

He and his wife Edna have two sons, Allen and Matthew, and one grandson, Jacob.

Baker expressed appreciation to the voters for keeping him in office for nearly 30 years.

"I just appreciate the trust they've put in me for a number of years and will continue to serve them to the best of my ability," he said.

Superior Court Clerk Linda Hays and District Attorney Ken Wynne are also running for re-election unopposed. The only other unopposed race is for coroner, with Assistant Coroner Tommy Davis as the lone candidate.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.