District Attorney Scott Thomas changes party affiliation to Republican

NEW BERN — District Attorney Scott Thomas has changed his political affiliation from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.

Mr. Thomas, who serves prosecutorial District 4 – Carteret, Craven and Pamlico counties – announced the switch to local attorneys and sheriffs in those three counties late Sept. 3.

In an interview, he expressed frustration with the direction of the state and national Democratic Party, which he said is closely linked to a variety of anti-police initiatives, notably “defund the police” efforts.

He said the close linkage of these initiatives with the Democratic Party made him uncomfortable because his job as district attorney required him to work closely with all law enforcement agencies, including local police departments.

Mr. Thomas noted that although the position of district attorney is an elected office requiring a political affiliation to run for the office, he does not see his job as partisan. Because of that feeling, he chose only to announce his decision to local law enforcement and judicial agencies and not make a major news announcement.

The story first appeared in his hometown newspaper, the New Bern Sun Journal, on Sept. 7. That paper received a copy of his letter to local law offices four days after he had notified the State Board of Elections of his party transition.

“This was a personal decision I made to align my party affiliation with my long-held conservative values and beliefs. My beliefs remain the same, but I have changed my party affiliation to be more consistent with those beliefs,” Mr. Thomas stated in his announcement letter.

Mr. Thomas served in the state House of Representatives in 1998 before replacing Democratic Sen. Beverly Perdue in 2000 after she became the first women elected as the state’s Lt. Governor.

In 2006, Democratic Gov. Mike Easley, appointed Mr. Thomas to replace the district’s retiring District Attorney David McFadyen Jr.  Since the 2006 appointment, Mr. Thomas has won reelection in four consecutive races. During that time, he has served as president of the N.C. Conference of District Attorneys and is a former chairman of the Governor’s Crime Commission.

Over the course of Mr. Thomas’ political career, the eastern region that he serves has turned decidedly conservative. But despite his Democratic credentials he has enjoyed consistent support from law enforcement agencies and the legal community in all of his reelection campaigns.

The three sheriffs in the prosecutorial district, Asa Buck in Carteret, Chip Hughes of Craven and Chris Davis of Pamlico, all Republicans, provided a letter of support for his past service and his decision to jump to the Republican Party.

“We express our sincere appreciation to District Attorney Scott Thomas for his close working relationship with law enforcement and his continued hard work protecting the citizens of our counties,” the letter states. “District Attorney Thomas has always brought a strong conservative ‘Tough On Crime’ approach to the prosecution of criminal offenders in this district.

“We, Sheriffs, have strongly supported District Attorney Scott Thomas for many years and will continue to strongly support him in the future.”

Mr. Thomas said he will “continue to be a strong supporter of the Constitution, 2nd Amendment, the rule of law, our armed forces, our first responder and law enforcement.”

“I have always discharged by duties as a prosecutor without regard to partisan politics and my office will continue to aggressively protect the public in a manner consistent with the Constitution and the laws of our state,” he stated.

Mr. Thomas ran unopposed in the 2018 campaign is expected to seek reelection in 2022 when his current term expires.

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Mr. Tom Slick

Now i can support a man that thinks like he is thinking. What about the rest of us. You think maybe, just maybe that it will wake a few more up. I voted Republican whenever I can, and you should too.... Friends and neighbors the Democratic party is not your fathers democratic party anymore. There is an agenda that is attached to them and its not American.....


I hope someone runs against this guy next year. How many more people in the county have to die from addiction before someone does something about it. The sheriff departments annual budget is 10,898,285 MCPD budget is another 4,294,364 and beaufort is 1,840,232 and so on. Does it really take 20 Million dollars a year to police 69,000 residents? Every 10 years the county spends 200 million dollars on police. How is there still crime? Or do they create the crime to justify these Huge Police budgets?

David Collins

You can arrest and charge till the cows come home . The courts are failing us . Nonviolent crime and all that muck . $50 fine and away they go only to return in a few days .


So the far fringe of the dem party makes him uncomfortable. Is defund the police a plank of the party? Party leadership has said that is foolish nonsense. The far fringe of the gop is something he can live with? jewish space lasers, the republican party BELONGS to donald trump, the election was stolen by the chineese via thermostats? The jan. 6th riot was actually a peaceful family picnic. That he can live with?

Has he converted to the party of Lincoln, or the party of trump?

He could have switched to independent. He chose jewish space lasers instead.


Your vp is not part of your leadership?


You may find that m. pence said that kh said, actual facts matter. Don't be swayed from what you wish was true.


Some folks must be deaf.


"The 9/11 Bookends: Autumn of the U.S. Empire" by Christopher Chantrill. Can't argue much with this can you?


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