It is with great pleasure that I announce my endorsement of Mike Hardin for the office of district attorney for Moore and Hoke counties.

For over 20 years, it has been my honor and privilege to work with Mike Hardin and get to know him both professionally and personally. I have observed Mike to be a hard-working, dedicated, highly skilled professional, with the highest ethical standards.   

While I served as a trooper with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, I had the opportunity to work as a team with Mike on criminal cases. Mike was instrumental in helping me to prepare cases for court and in assisting me to effectively testify as a witness. I learned very quickly that Mike Hardin is an asset to law enforcement.

As sheriff of Scotland County, I have observed Mike work many long, dedicated hours to assist my officers and detectives. Mike is always available, regardless of the hour, to provide advice and assistance to our law enforcement team. Mike’s guidance and assistance are an invaluable asset to my office in the investigation, arrest and prosecution of serious violent offenders.  

Mike is extremely knowledgeable of the law and insists on the proper application of the law by those working with him. He strives to protect the constitutional rights of all citizens, while tirelessly fighting for victims of violent crime. Mike conducts himself with the highest ethical and professional standards and asked the same of those who work with him.

In his personal life, Mike is a dedicated husband and loving father. He works closely with organizations in the community to make a difference in the lives of children, the sick and the elderly. Mike possesses conservative, Christian values, and exhibits moral integrity.  

Mike Hardin is the clear choice for the office of district attorney.

Ralph Kersey, sheriff 

Scotland County

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