An Elizabethton attorney targeted what he called “questionable decisions” in the district attorney general’s office in announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination to that post.
Former state Rep. Jerome Cochran will seek the Republican nomination for District Attorney of the First Judicial District, which represents all of Carter, Johnson, Unicoi and Washington counties. Tony Clark is the current district attorney general.
The Republican Primary will be held in May.
Cochran said he believes he can restore the public’s faith in the office’s ability to bring criminals to justice and protect the public.
“I believe that there are excellent attorneys within the office,” Cochran said in his announcement, “and that our current district attorney is a good man, however, the questionable decisions regarding the charging of crimes and prosecution of certain cases by him has led to a loss of confidence in the office by the public and a waste of taxpayer dollars.”
The Carter County native said he wants to aggresively target the methamphetamine “epidemic” by seeking substantial jail time “for all-meth related crimes, whether it be a first offense or fifth offense.”