Zellinger Picks Up Endorsement

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On the heels of the March endorsement by the State Employees Association (SEANC), comes word today that the Indy Weekly, the progressive weekly, has given Boz Zellinger a full-throated endorsement in the Democratic primary against Lorrin Freeman.

While the paper notes that “both of the candidates [in the Democratic primary] are highly qualified,” the paper writes:

“A thoughtful Democrat, he is loathe to use capital punishment and is well aware of how low-level drug charges disproportionately affect and create a prison pipeline for African-Americans. He believes in taking a strong stand for victims but also envisions the district attorney’s office beholden to more community accountability. Zellinger understands how unrestrained and unaccountable actions by law enforcement can rupture public confidence and damage the fabric of our communities and believes in holding the police as accountable to crimes as citizens.”

and adds:

“Given his record of integrity as a district attorney prosecutor and his finely calibrated sensitivity to issues of race and class within the justice system, we believe he is the best candidate for the job.”

Griffin LabAbout the Republican Party primary, the paper writes: “The only serious contender is Jefferson Griffin, a young assistant district attorney in Colon Willoughby’s office since 2010. Griffin is running a savvy, 21st century campaign, with lots of glossy, social media-friendly photos of him at farmer’s markets posing with chocolate labs and being a “real” North Carolinan—The Garden & Gun-ization of state politics.”

Nonetheless, the liberal weekly throws its support behind Jeff Cruden:

“Though we’re of course rooting for Boz Zellinger, in the Republican field we have to endorse Jeff Cruden. Cruden is a longtime prosecutor and senior assistant district attorney in the Wake DA’s office. He is more moderate and has more experience than Griffin.”

About the remaining candidates, the paper writes:

“None of them have expounded positions that distinguish themselves. Two of them, Terry A. Swaim and John Walter Bryant, are milquetoast candidates who are coming from private practice.”

Damon Chetson

Damon Chetson is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. He represents people charged with serious and minor offenses in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Call (919) 352-9411.