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Originally published: 2014-06-09 13:24:16
Last modified: 2014-06-09 13:24:16

Our View: Take it to Banks

Promises are one thing. 

Keeping promises are something else altogether.

The weeks leading to the primary election for district attorney for the 24th Judicial District, each contender -- an experienced attorney -- was no different in enumerating how he or she envisioned the office should be managed. 

On Thursday, Seth Banks -- the winner of that election, and by default the district's new district attorney since Republican candidates faced no opposition from outside their party -- was sworn into office.

In recent interviews with the Watauga Democrat, Banks built on his campaign promises and was quick to reconstruct the Top 2 issues he finds most pressing for the five-county office.

Addressing and disposing of cases is the bane of any district attorney, and with caseloads in Watauga, Avery, Madison, Mitchell and Yancey counties, streamlining and effecting efficiency will certainly be Job 1.

Assisting with this will be another issue high on Banks' priority list: dealing with repeat offenders. Such cases are a drain on the resources of the courts, and Banks is right to tackle this concern.

Although few details emerged from those media interviews, we note that Banks is stepping in the right direction: He remembers what he promised the voters of the 24th Judicial District -- in the days to come, it will be enlightening to watch how those promises are fulfilled.