According to unofficial primary election results, Jeff Nieman won the Democratic primary election for district attorney for District 18, which includes Orange and Chatham counties.
Nieman defeated the other Democratic nominee, Assistant District Attorney Kayley Taber. Nieman won 60.04 percent of the vote with 20,268 votes. Taber had a total of 13,491 votes, or 39.96 percent.
The seat became vacant following long-time District Attorney Jim Woodall's retirement announcement last year.
After his win on Tuesday, Nieman will run unopposed in the general election since no other parties had candidates run in District 18.
Nieman has worked as an assistant district attorney in the Chapel Hill area for 16 years. He has also served as vice-chair of the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness, chair of the Orange County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and an adjunct professor at N.C. Central University's School of Law.
Nieman said there hasn’t been a contested election for the district attorney for District 18 in 24 years. He added this is important because he thinks the district attorney’s position is the most fundamental criminal justice position at the local level.
Despite the importance of the job, Nieman said there hasn’t been a community conversation about what the county wants as a district attorney in a generation.
“We had over 75 people spread out throughout Orange and Chatham counties today working to help get our message across in community equity justice,” Nieman said on election day.
Neiman expressed his gratitude for his supporters, saying it almost brought a tear to his eye to think that so many people came to help out with his campaign. He said he was both humbled by and grateful for their support.