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Originally published: 2013-12-04 10:09:36
Last modified: 2013-12-04 10:22:36

Nathan Miller to run for district attorney

Attorney Nathan Miller of Watauga County officially announced his candidacy Tuesday for District Attorney of the 24th Judicial District.


Miller, a lifelong resident of the North Carolina mountains, lives east of Boone with his wife, Crystal, and 14-month-old daughter, Lillian Sue. He has practiced law in Watauga and surrounding counties since graduation from law school.


"Through my extensive law practice I have become keenly aware of the problems facing the judicial system for the five mountain counties of Avery, Madison, Mitchell, Watauga and Yancey counties. I pledge to improve the efficiency of our District Attorney's Office and ensure that the people are expertly and enthusiastically represented at all levels (of) the criminal justice process including the sentencing phase. Unfortunately the currently policy of the District Attorney's Office is to remain quiet during sentencing of convicted criminals! There is no input on behalf of the people in the sentencing of those convicted!"


Miller noted in a statement Tuesday that candidates for office repeatedly make pledges when campaigning but seldom follow through. He urged voters to trust him based on his record with the Watauga County Board of Commissioners.


"My record is clear: I mean what I say and I say what I will do. The voters need only to look at my tenure for the last four years as the youngest chairman in the history of the Watauga County Board of Commissioners. As chairman, I have fought for and achieved the goals I outlined as a candidate."


Miller said his conservative, Republican leadership had reduced the county's substantial debt burden and saved millions of dollars. He said that many of his decisions were controversial but that he "acted in the best long range interests of the county."


Miller has the endorsement of five-term former District Attorney Tom Rusher.


"Mr. Rusher has more experience as a prosecutor than anyone in the district, and I appreciate his affirmation that I am the most qualified candidate for the job," Miller wrote. "Mr. Rusher served with distinction for 20 years as our elected district attorney and I look forward to carrying on his proud tradition. I have garnered his endorsement because he knows my hardworking and hard charging nature."


Miller can be reached at, and voters can learn more at


Assistant District Attorney Britt Springer announced her candidacy in August, followed by attorney Seth Banks of Burnsville.


Those three, and possibly others, will vie to replace District Attorney Jerry Wilson, who has served as DA for 12 years and as assistant DA for 20 years prior. He ran unopposed during all three of his elections and does not plan to run again.


Filing opens in February 2014, followed by a primary election in May and general election in November.