Coty Wamp preparing to challenge Neal Pinkston for Hamilton County District Attorney

Coty Wamp announced Wednesday she's preparing to challenge Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston.

Wamp is currently the General Counsel at the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. She's also the daughter of former U.S. Representative Zach Wamp.

Pinkston's 8-year term expires next year.

Read Coty Wamp's full statement below:

“After careful consideration and receiving encouragement throughout our community, I am preparing to run for District Attorney General in the 11th Judicial District. We need proactive, energetic, and transparent leadership in this important position. As crime in our community continues to rise at an alarming rate, it is imperative that our District Attorney leads with integrity and brings forward solutions.

After law school, I began my career as an Assistant Public Defender and then went on to prosecute as an Assistant District Attorney in the 10th Judicial District. Currently, I am proud to be serving as General Counsel for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. Serving as a criminal defense attorney, a prosecutor, and within law enforcement has given me a comprehensive understanding of our criminal justice system and the challenges we face here in Hamilton County.

A formal announce will come at a later date. In the meantime, I am focused on my job as General Counsel for the HCSO.”

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