Beginning next year, Moore and Hoke counties will be joined as a new prosecutorial district. As someone who has lived in both counties, I can only imagine the myriad challenges the new district attorney and staff will face.

Moore and Hoke are home to over 150,000 people who all need and deserve the best representation possible. I am choosing to support Mike Hardin for DA for several reasons.

First, I believe Mike Hardin has the best credentials and a proven track record as a prosecutor. This is important for keeping us all safe, and letting those who decide to break the law know that they will be punished to the fullest extent possible. I appreciate Mr. Hardin’s proven trial experience and fully believe he will hold all those found guilty of crimes accountable for their actions.

Finally, I have had the pleasure of meeting Mike Hardin on several occasions. It didn’t take me long to realize that he is a genuine man with good values and passion for his job, friends, family and community. I believe that Mike Hardin will make a great district attorney. I hope everyone gets a chance to meet the Hardin family before the March primary. I think you will agree that he is the right man for the job.

Melissa Swarbrick, Aberdeen

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