Baker early Wednesday announced he would not seek the seat less than 24 hours after he tossed his hat into the ring.
Incumbent Superior Court Chief Judge Frank C. Mills on Monday announced he was withdrawing from the race and he would not seek re-election this year.
Baker, who has been the Juvenile Court judge since 2007, said after “further thinking and prayer, my heart is still in Juvenile Court.”
“I told supporters that right now I have unfinished business in Juvenile Court,” he said. “I enjoy working with the young people. I don’t believe I would have been true to myself to run for another judgeship if my desire was somewhere else.”
The Superior Court race now has one official candidate, Woodstock attorney Mark Shriver, who last week announced his candidacy for the judgeship.
Mills backed out of the race days after Shriver’s announcement and a little more than a month after he indicated he planned to run for re-election.
Mills said he did not want to run a contested race for the seat he held for six terms. He also served two terms. He also served two terms as district attorney in Cherokee County.
Baker said he initially decided to run because the Superior Court was something to which he had always aspired. He said he still may run for the seat in the future.
“But right now at this moment, I’m not ready for it because I still want to be a Juvenile Court judge,” he added. “To me, there’s no greater joy than working with children and making a difference in their lives.”
Baker, 45, said he already had supporters and financing for his campaign lined up.
He said he hopes his contributors and supporters could understand his position and hopes “I have not disappointed anyone.”
He also said his decision also gives ample time for prospective candidates to mull their decision before qualifying ends next week.
“I hope whoever runs will run for the right reasons,” Baker added.
Baker graduated from Cherokee High School in 1985, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in 1989 and graduated from Mercer Law School in 1992.