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Seth Banks. Photo submitted.

Originally published: 2013-08-19 09:40:50
Last modified: 2013-08-19 09:43:52

Seth Banks to run for District Attorney

by Staff Reports

Seth Banks of Burnsville announced Friday that he will seek the district attorney seat for the 24th Judicial District.

"My wife, Gretchen, and I are excited to officially announce my candidacy for district attorney," Banks said in a statement released Friday. "Over the last several months I have traveled throughout the 24th Judicial District and talked with many hard-working folks about the qualities they expect from their next district attorney. The people of Avery, Madison, Mitchell, Watauga and Yancey counties want their district attorney to share the same values that sustained our ancestors when they first settled these mountains. The values of honesty, hard work and integrity characterized them and are the same values I will bring to this office."

Banks is a Yancey County native who grew up in the Prices Creek community. He graduated from Mountain Heritage High School and attended college at N.C. State University, ultimately earning his law degree from Wake Forest University.

After completing law school, Seth became an assistant district attorney, handling large caseloads with cases ranging from first-degree murder to crimes against children to felony assaults. He has successfully tried numerous trials to verdict before North Carolina juries. Currently, Banks is a partner with the firm Bailey and Banks PLLC, located in Burnsville.

Banks has been endorsed by former Congressman Charles H. Taylor, former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr and Yancey County Sheriff Gary Banks.

"In the coming months I look forward to talking with many people throughout the district about my candidacy," he said. "My extensive experience prosecuting cases at the highest levels and my desire to be a conservative voice in the courtroom make me uniquely qualified to serve as the next district attorney."

Banks will hold a campaign kick-off ice cream social at High Pastures Christian Retreat in Burnsville at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23. More information will be available online at

Assistant District Attorney Britt Springer announced earlier this month that she also will seek the position. She was endorsed by outgoing District Attorney Jerry Wilson, who has served in the role for the last 12 years.

Boone attorney Nathan Miller also said earlier this year that he was considering campaigning for the position.