District attorney running for re-election

Jay Gaither first elected in 2002
Feb. 09, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

District Attorney James C. Gaither announced Friday he will run for a fourth term.

"For the first 12 years, we've worked hard every day to keep families safe by making the 25th Prosecutorial District the best and toughest in the state, and I look forward to continuing that work," he said in a press release. The 25th District covers Caldwell, Catawba and Burke counties.

Gaither, who lives in Hickory, was elected in 2002. He defeated incumbent David Flaherty, former District Attorney Bob Thomas and Scott Reilly in the Republican primary, then Democrat Bob Grant in the general election. He won re-election in 2006 and 2010.

Gaither said that his tenure his office has coincided with significantly reduced crime rates in the district, with more than 6,000 felony convictions and an increase in the conviction rate for driving while impaired charges to 88 percent. His office also successfully prosecuted more than 230 habitual felons over the past 12 years, according to the release.

"My number one priority will always be to do whatever is necessary to service justice and keep our families safe," he said in the press.

Gaither is a Newton-Conover High graduate and also graduated from Davidson College and California Western School of Law.