HARTWELL, GEORGIA – The race for District Attorney for Franklin County, Hart County and Madison County will be competitive this time around.
Parks White says he is running for the office Bob Lavender’s held for the past 15 years.
White is a Hart County native and currently serves as an assistant district attorney in Augusta.
Qualifying for this election cycle begins on Wednesday.
From the White Campaign:
Parks White announced today his campaign for the Republican nomination for the office of District Attorney in the Northern Judicial Circuit. White stated, “Taxpayers deserve an experienced District Attorney who will prosecute cases in a timely manner and vigorously protect the rights of innocent victims, families and businesses.”
Parks graduated from Clemson University in 1997 with a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences and earned his Juris Doctor, from the University of Alabama. Following law school, Parks served as Assistant District Attorney under widely respected DA Danny Craig in Augusta where he prosecuted over 700 felony cases.
Parks served in the United States Navy in the office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG Corps) from 2007 through 2011. While serving his country, he graduated from the Naval Justice School with honors and won the American Association for Justice Trial Advocacy award.
“While serving on the Law and Order Task Force in Iraq, I was assigned to a Special Forces unit and was responsible for transitioning high level terrorist suspects to the Iraqi judicial system,” said Parks. “Helping Iraqis rebuild their judicial system from the ground up reinforced my passion for defending our laws and values here at home,” said White. Parks continues his service today as a Lieutenant in the US Navy Reserve.
In 2011, Parks returned to the position of Assistant District Attorney in Augusta where he is responsible for prosecuting serious violent crimes and mentoring junior prosecutors. Since his return from Iraq, Parks has tried ten contested felony cases including two murders, obtaining guilty verdicts in all.
“I recognize industrial recruitment and job growth depend on business leaders having faith in law and order. As your DA, I will take what I have learned in Georgia’s best District Attorney Office and will not rest until both victims and criminals expect swift delivery of justice in our community,” said White.
Parks’s family has lived in Hart County for five generations. Parks is 37 and resides in Hart County’s Sardis community. “Raised in an Air Force family and having served abroad myself, I’m glad to be fulfilling my dream of being home and working to build a better community, “said White.
The Northern Judicial Circuit contains Elbert, Franklin, Hart, Madison, and Oglethorpe Counties. The Republican primary will be held July 31 and early voting begins July 9.