Thursday, January 14, 2010

John Lassiter is NOT running for Meck DA

Posted By on Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Though former city councilmember John Lassiter may have thought about replaying Peter Gilchrist in the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's office, this morning he made his intentions clear, he's not going to seek the office.

In a statement released to the media this morning, Lassiter said this:

“I have been amazed by the support and encouragement of folks from all over the county asking me to consider a run for Mecklenburg County District Attorney, but now is not the time for me to return to public service. The obligations of my business and the opportunity to spend time with my family are more important in the coming months than engaging in a campaign or preparing to take on the critical role the District Attorney will play in improving the criminal justice system in our county.

During my consideration, I have had time to talk with my longtime friend Andrew Murray and I am convinced that it is the time for a person with his experience, skills and background to serve the people as our next District Attorney. As a former prosecutor, successful trial lawyer in both civil and criminal courts, and a committed veteran serving as a Commander in the Coast Guard Reserves, Andrew brings the management skills, trial experience and broad relationships needed to lead the District Attorney’s office. I will work hard to help elect Andrew Murray and enthusiastically endorse his candidacy and encourage my friends to do so as well.

Thanks again to the folks who have encouraged me to consider this office and special thanks to those who are willing to serve this community.”

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