North Carolina’s primary is May 8, 2018. Wochit
Ben Scales and Todd Williams. Scales will challenge Williams in the Democratic primary for Buncombe County district attorney, a position Williams has held since 2015.(Photo: Citizen Times archive)
ASHEVILLE — Come Tuesday night, Buncombe County will have elected its next district attorney, the top prosecutor of Western North Carolina’s most populous county.
Because there is no Republican candidate, the Democratic primary between first-term incumbent Todd Williams and challenger Ben Scales will determine who will head North Carolina’s 28th Prosecutorial District.
Williams, a former capital defender, won his position four years ago after beating then-DA Ron Moore in the Democratic primary, unseating a 24-year incumbent. Asheville-area attorney Scales, who specializes in marijuana defense and entertainment law, hopes to accomplish what Williams did in 2014.
The Citizen Times caught up with Williams and Scales to ask a couple final questions of the candidates. Early voting is now over for Tuesday’s primaries. For those who plan to cast their ballot on Election Day,