On May 6, I will cast my vote for District Attorney Ron Moore in the Democratic primary. Over 20 years ago my husband and I decided to raise our family in Asheville. We were attracted to this safe, progressive community because of the people and the natural beauty. I continue to be awed by every sunrise, snowflake and shadow falling from the mountain slopes.
I met Ron Moore 15 years ago when my adolescent son began spiraling downhill fast and plunging into the criminal justice system. It was a time of overwhelming fear, anger and uncertainty. The criminal system shared my frustration, and at my request District Attorney Moore made time to talk to my son, trying to deter him from illegal activity.
I wish I could say it worked. My son continued his destructive behavior and ended up in prison. I was heartbroken and held strong resentments against District Attorney Moore.
Years later, when my son looked me in the eye and claimed full responsibility for his actions I began to let this resentment go. I watched him face and overcome many challenges while in prison. I was convinced he’d made fundamental changes in his life.
After completing his prison sentence, my son contacted the DA’s office to discuss his life. Ron Moore gave him encouragement and hope. That was key to giving him the drive to continue his uphill battle. He worked hard and held jobs, graduated college and enrolled in graduate school. I’m proud of what he has accomplished. District Attorney Moore continued to encourage him all along.
The district attorney encounters people at the most heart-wrenching and devastating times in life. Ron Moore is consistent and evenhanded in performing the duties of a prosecutor in our community and deserves our votes.
— Nancy Fargo