Slater will start transition process next week

Julia Fessenden Slater, who took 53.4 percent of the vote in the district attorney's race, said she plans on beginning the transition process into that office next week.

Slater, an attorney in private practice, defeated incumbent Gray Conger, who took 46.6 percent of the vote with 96 percent of precincts reporting. She won by some 7,000 votes."I think that 7,000 votes over an incumbent, particularly, says that there's need for a change," said Slater, 42.

Slater plans on starting the process of shutting down her private practice next week. She also will speak with Superior Court Judge John Allen, who will become the next chief judge of the circuit, in the coming weeks.

Slater said she wants to speak to Allen about clearing the criminal case backlog and the overcrowding situation in the jail.

"I am committed to equal justice for everyone in the circuit," she said. "Justice is served straight across the board."