The governor of Georgia swore Natalie Paine in Monday as the new Augusta Judicial Circuit district attorney.
Paine, 34, replaced former District Attorney Ashley Wright, who was selected by Gov. Nathan Deal to serve as a Richmond County Superior Court judge. Paine will have to run for election in Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties in 2018.
Paine has worked as a prosecutor in the Augusta district attorney’s office since 2009. The Charleston School of Law graduate has become one of the office’s major crimes prosecutors who recently obtained a RICO indictment against 17 gang member suspects.
In her time at the prosecutor’s office, Paine tried more than 50 cases before juries and worked as lead attorney in 1,400 felony cases, The Augusta Chronicle has reported. She focused on major violent cases but also served as a team leader, helping to train and mentor new lawyers in the office.
In her spare time, Paine, a wife and mother of a toddler, volunteers at Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services as a trainer and works with Turn Back the Block.
She was one of three candidates for the position. The others were lawyers Charles “Chuck” Evans and Jason Hasty.
Paine replaces Wright, who was selected by the governor to replace Judge David Roper, who retired Jan. 31.
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