Soon, the 24th District will vote for a new District Attorney when the current DA, Jerry Wilson, retires. The Republican primary will be held on May 6, 2014, with a run-off (if necessary) on June 24th before the General Election in November. I currently serve as Chief Prosecutor and have the endorsement of the current DA as the best person for the job.
I have served as an Assistant District Attorney in the state of North Carolina for the past 10 years. For the past five years, I have been prosecuting homicide cases across the 24th district and worked closely with law enforcement to ensure just outcomes for the victim's families. Families need to have trust and confidence in the District Attorney to do what is right in their case and know that their voices are being heard. Criminal law is about more than a conviction, and requires not only a good working relationship with law enforcement but also an understanding of the entire process: indictment, pre- and post-trial hearings, jury selection, litigation and sentencing.
If elected, I will continue to serve the 24th District to the best of my ability and ensure that the law is applied evenly and fairly to all of our citizens.
The 24th District is blessed with some of the most highly-trained law enforcement officials in the state. Agencies in our district collaborate and share information in a timely manner with each other to ensure efficient collection of evidence and help create the strongest possible case for the District Attorney's office. It would be impossible to do our job effectively without professional and expert law enforcement.
While the main objective of the District Attorney's office is to see that justice is done in all criminal cases, I am particularly adamant about prosecuting cases of child molestation and sexual abuse of minors. I have always considered these crimes to be among the most heinous and must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
I am officially announcing that I will be retiring at the end of my present term. My term will end on 31 December, 2014. At that time I will have served in the District Attorney’s Office in the 24th District for 32 years; twenty years as Assistant District Attorney and twelve years as District Attorney. I leave knowing that I will miss the hundreds of friends I have made over these many years, but I look forward to spending more time with my wife Karen and more time trout fishing.