Waters wins DA primary with 56 percent of vote

May. 07, 2014 @ 02:04 AM

Winning more than 56 percent of the votes, Mike Waters defeated Cindy Bostic in the Democratic primary for district attorney for the Ninth Judicial District.

No Republicans filed and Waters is expected to succeed Sam Currin following the November general election.

Waters captured 10,065 votes to Bostic’s 7,605. The defense attorney with the Perry & Waters law firm won 78 percent of the votes in Vance County, 68 percent in Warren County and 67 percent in Franklin County.

Bostic won 68 percent of the votes in Granville County.

Bostic was bidding to become the first female district attorney in District 9.

Both Bostic and Waters campaigned on Tuesday in various precincts throughout the district encompassing Vance, Granville, Warren and Franklin counties.
Currin chose not to seek re-election and joined his wife, Betty, in campaigning for Bostic.

“We are supporting Cindy because she is the candidate that is most experienced and she is most prepared to serve the district,” said Betty, who was passing out fliers at Granville County poll sites Tuesday.

Bostic’s campaign emphasized her experience as a prosecutor for the past 18 years and her record of more than 60 successful jury trials.

Clarence Dale, pastor at Burning Bush Church, was handing Mike Waters’ leaflets to voters at the Dabney Drive site on Tuesday.

He said he supports Waters because there needs to be a change in the high dismissal rates of impaired driving cases.

Waters focused his campaign largely on his plan to lower the dismissal rates for driving while impaired cases in Vance, Granville and Warren, which are twice the state average of 23 percent.

“I think DWIs are a serious issue that take innocent lives,” he said. “We need to be more strict with these cases.”

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