Local prosecutor Parks White can take the word “assistant” off his title when he becomes district attorney of the North Georgia Circuit in January.
White, 37, beat Robert Lavender in Tuesday’s Republican primary; there are no Democratic challengers in the November election.
Lavender has been district attorney for 16 years in the five-county district, which includes White’s family home in Hart County. White established his residency in Hart County in May and has since been on a leave of absence from his assistant district attorney job at the Augusta Circuit District Attorney’s office.
White said he intended to run for office in four years, but decided to take the opportunity this time.
“I wanted to make an improvement where my family is,” White said.
White spent four years in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, including a tour in Iraq to assist the Iraqi judicial system prosecute insurgents. He has five years’ experience as a prosecutor.
District Attorney Ashley Wright said White will be missed from her office.
“Parks will bring a wealth of knowledge and ability to his office,” Wright said. “I think the voters will be happy with the results.”
The North Georgia Circuit has a combined population smaller than Richmond County’s. White said the developing issues in the circuit are the same as everywhere else.
Only one county has a solicitor, so his future office will also include prosecuting misdemeanors.
“It’s a different challenge,” White said.