I ask for your vote and support as your District Attorney as I seek re-election. I will continue to serve as your DA with the highest level of integrity and fairness – always pursuing truth and preserving justice. Roger Echols, DA
The People of Durham deserve the best District Attorney –and in 2014 you made Roger Echols your District Attorney. You voted for Roger, an experienced and talented Assistant District Attorney to bring stability, integrity and leadership to an office that was troubled. You voted Roger to serve as your County District Attorney for the 14th District built on his experience and ability to not just tackle critical issues but to demonstrate proven results.
You voted for Roger and over the past 4- years, “change has come.” He has worked endlessly to build a solid foundation of trust, engaged the community, police and sheriff’s departments, community leadership as well as elected officials -working together to “raise the bar “each day to eliminate racial bias and seek measures to reduce incarceration and decriminalize citizens. The following efforts are only a sampling of the initiatives that have collectively brought significant change not only in the judicial process but most importantly to the victims and their families:
- Restorative Justice. Seeks healing for victims, offenders, and the community, including partnerships with Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham.
- Misdemeanor Diversion: Keeps young people from being charged criminally and connecting them to needed services when possible.
- Amnesty Day: Restores driver’s licenses to people due to inability to pay fees.
- Mental Health Court: Advocates for resources to help people with a mental health diagnosis.
- Victim Support: Ensures accountability to the community and those harmed by crime.
- Deferred Prosecution Agreements: Provides measure for not convicting a defendant.
- Racial Bias Training:
- Bail reform: Advocates for change to state laws to reduce the disproportionate impact bail has on the poor.
- Decriminalizing Offenses: Supports change to state laws that promote criminal charges of the poor and disenfranchised that solicit alms (begging) and/or sleep in a public parks and spaces.
Roger needs your voice, your support and your vote. Let’s continue the momentum to advance truth and justice and appropriately balance the goals of keeping the community safe and placing defendants in the best position possible to be successful and productive members of our community. We are Durham. And Durham Deserves the Best.
A little more about Roger:
- 45 years old
- 20 years Experience as a Prosecutor
- Raised in Hillsborough, North Carolina, Roger’s mother had high expectations for her children and instilled in them the values to serve others, respect fellow man, and to work hard.
- Attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bachelors Degree in Economics
- Attended law school at the University of Tennessee.
- Active Member of Dickerson Chapel AME Church since 1977, a choir member, Steward, and class leader.
- 12-year survivor of stage 4 cancer. His strength to fight cancer and drive in pursuing truth and preserving justice is deeply rooted in his faith and love of family and community.
Roger actively serves as a leader, member and/or volunteer in the following Community, Civic and Professional Organizations:
- Durham County Criminal Justice Resource Center
- Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham
- Parents of Murdered Children
- FOCUS Organization Inc.
- NC State Bar
- Durham County Bar Association
- NC District Attorney Association
- Sertoma Club
- Sierra Club
- Try Coalition
- American Red Cross
- American Cancer Association
- National Aids Hotline
The Committee on the Affairs of Black People, the INDY, Friends of Durham, Judge Leon Stanback, Judge Karen Bethea Shields, State Representative Mickey Michaux, Marcia Owen-former Director Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham, Reverend Jerome Washington, Pastor, Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
PAID BY THE COMMITTEE TO RE-ELECT ROGER ECHOLS