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Former attorney general's son named to Cobb County judgeship

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue on Friday appointed the son of former Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers to a newly created state court judgeship in Cobb County.

Carl Wayne Bowers, 41, is a former Cobb County magistrate court judge and former assistant solicitor in Cobb County.

His father serves as chairman of Perdue's Judicial Nominating Commission, which reviews prospective candidates for judicial posts and makes recommendations to the governor.

Mike Bowers recused himself from the decision involving his son, said Heather Hedrick, a Perdue spokeswoman.

The nomination commission, composed of 18 people, ultimately recommended five people for the vacancy. Besides the younger Bowers, they were Carrie T. Harris, Nancy Ingram Jordan, John B. Gatto and Dana Joel Norman.

Mike Bowers was attorney general for 16 years and sought the Republican nomination for governor in 1998 but lost in the primary election.