Press release from Doug Edwards for DA:
Former Buncombe County First Assistant District Attorney Doug Edwards will seek the Democratic nomination for District Attorney.
“Buncombe County deserves a District Attorney who is a leader, with substantial experience, and is committed to keeping our community safe,” Edwards said. “While prosecution is the primary responsibility of the D.A., it is not the sole objective. The objective is to understand the law and ensure its fair application to ensure public safety in every corner of Buncombe County. The role, when done properly, protects individual rights and the community. We need a D.A. who will put people over politics, isn’t afraid to lead, and who will do the right thing.”
A native of North Carolina, Edwards, received his B.S. at Wingate University, and earned his law degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law. He served as an assistant district attorney for over 10 years where he prosecuted complex, high level felony offenses including murder, firearm offenses, vehicular homicide, and habitual offenders.
“A lack of clear direction and support over the last seven years has resulted in high turnover and low morale within the District Attorney’s office and law enforcement alike, and the negative impact on public safety is apparent,” said Edwards. “I will be a district attorney that provides strong leadership, will be proactive in restoring relationships, and will work hard to ensure that we all live in a safe and healthy community.”
As D.A., Edwards will bring a victim-centered, common-sense approach to public safety, ensuring fair and consistent outcomes. He will focus resources on the most serious cases including those involving gun violence, sex offenses, and high-level drug trafficking. He will be responsive to the concerns of local community members and business owners dealing with criminal activity by working together with partners to address the issues at hand. Doug will display compassion by utilizing pre-trial diversion programs, treatment courts, and alternatives to incarceration for youthful, low-level, and non-violent offenders.
Throughout his career, Edwards has been a strong advocate for traffic safety and victim rights. In 2018, he was named the North Carolina MADD Superior Court Prosecutor of the Year, in recognition of his efforts in combating impaired driving. In addition, Doug served on the National MADD Child Endangerment Panel, helping make national policy recommendations to address child fatalities and injuries due to impaired drivers.
He understands the importance of protecting the community, advocating for victims, and holding offenders accountable, while also seeking to better understand and address the causes of crime with the ultimate goals of fairness and safety for all citizens. He values diversity, transparency, and community engagement, and has the credibility, experience, and courage to lead the District Attorney’s office forward.
Doug is a Board-Certified Specialist in State Criminal Law. He lives in Asheville with his wife, Nur Badr Edwards, and their three children. For more information visit www.dougforda.com.