Three Augusta area attorneys are seeking the governor's nomination to become district attorney in Augusta.
The candidates are Charles "Chuck" Evans, Jason Hasty and Assistant District Attorney Natalie Paine. The office of district attorney of the Augusta Judicial Circuit has been held by acting District Attorney Hank Syms since Jan. 31 when the governor swore in Ashley Wright as a superior court judge.
Wright won re-election in November to a four-year term. Gov. Nathan Deal will nominate her successor, who will then have to run for election in 2018.
Evans has been licensed to practice law since 2001. The Mercer University law school graduate has served as an assistant district attorney, and was appointed to serve as Richmond County State Court solicitor in 2010. He lost the 2012 election to Kelli McIntyre and returned to private practice.
Hasty has practiced law since 1990. He graduated from the University of Georgia law school. Hasty, who has volunteered to coach baseball, football and soccer, worked for the Augusta public defender's office from 2005 to 2011. He is now in private practice.
Paine has worked as a prosecutor in the Augusta district attorney's office since 2009. The Charleston School of Law graduate has become one the office's major crimes prosecutors who recently obtained the RICO indictment against 17 alleged gang members.