Evita Paschall announced her candidacy for district attorney Friday, promising to increase the visibility of the judicial circuit’s chief prosecutor.
Paschall, who practices civil law, said in her announcement that she has polled people in the three counties in the circuit and found that residents of Burke, Richmond and Columbia counties don’t know the district attorney’s name.
“Clearly we have a problem with visibility in the community,” Paschall, 61, said.
Paschall, a Democrat, said she can bring 36 years of experience practicing law to the position, including 2½ years as an assistant district attorney and experience as a magistrate court solicitor.
Incumbent and Republican Ashley Wright, 45, was appointed in 2008 and ran unopposed that year. On Friday, she said everyone in the courthouse knows who she is and that plenty of people have worked with her.
“I’m certain the district attorney is participating throughout the community on the level that is appropriate,” she said.