District 7 Assistant District Attorney Kim Gourier Scott got pushes from voters in Hertford and Northampton counties to seal a victory in the DA’s race against defense attorney Jamal Summey.
Summey edged out Scott in Halifax County with 3,765 votes — 51.45 percent — while Scott received 3,554 — 48.56 percent.
Summey also claimed a 53.18 percent to 46.82 percent victory in Bertie County.
But in Hertford County Scott won by a 54.77 percent to 42.26 percent margin over Summey. She beat her opponent in Northampton County by a 58.87 percent to 41.13 percent margin.
“I am humbled at the opportunity to serve as your next elected district attorney,” Scott said in a statement today. “I am more than grateful and appreciative for the outpouring of support and encouragement throughout this campaign.”
She said, “Please know that acts of kindness can never be too big or too small, and I don’t take them for granted. This journey has been a blessing that has allowed me to encounter so very many wonderful people along the way, and I thank God for that.”
When she began her bid for DA, she said, “I shared my vision for this district, and I am excited to get to work and bring positive changes to the citizens of Bertie, Halifax, Hertford and Northampton counties. There is a lot of work to be done, and I am ready and welcome the challenge. Our court system has been broken for a long time, and I don’t proclaim to have a magic wand to fix it, but I am experienced enough to know where we need to start.”
Said Scott: “With a fully trained staff at the district attorney’s office, I am excited to bring a sense of fairness back into a system that seems to have lost its way. There is a lack of trust between our citizens and our court system, and I know that being honest and transparent in communications and prosecutions will bridge that gap.
“I also know that making sure that cases are prosecuted based on facts and evidence, and not feelings or public opinion, will also help to bridge the gap. The information shared from your district attorney may not always be what people want to hear, but it should always be honest and transparent.”
Scott continued her statement, saying, “I owe no favors and have no axes to grind, and I come to the table ready to serve the citizens of this great district in an ethical manner. I promise that cases will never be prosecuted on anything other than the facts and evidence in the case; race, financial status, political connections, who a defendant’s attorney is, or if they can even afford an attorney, will never be a consideration for how cases will be handled under my administration.”
Said Scott: “It is an honor and a privilege to be elected by the people, and I promise not to forget that I am here to serve the people.”