Howard, who is running for reelection, will face his former chief deputy prosecutor, Fani Willis, in a runoff on August 11. Wise-Smith, a former Fulton County assistant district attorney, received 23% of the votes in the June 9 primary, the AJC previously reported. Willis and Howard received 42% and 36%, respectively. Howard is in his sixth term as Fulton County DA.
Wise-Smith told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he met with Howard and Willis weeks before announcing his endorsement and said Howard was receptive of his progressive platform, which included no longer seeking the death penalty and decriminalizing drug possession — issues Howard said he’d pursue if her were reelected.