Carson DA Woodbury announces run for second term

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Carson City District Attorney Jason Woodbury has announced he will run for election to a second term.

Woodbury is finishing his first term after winning office in 2014. “I am profoundly grateful Carson City voters hired me to do this job,” Woodbury said. “We’ve assembled a solid team that serves this community well.”

Woodbury says public safety is “Job One” and is touting several successful prosecutions in support of his re-election bid, including last year’s conviction of six young adults for the murder of 18-year-old Grant Watkins. Woodbury also notes the capture of John Aston, accused of stalking Judge John Tatro for years, as another highlight of his first term. Before Aston was identified as the suspect, a judge approved Woodbury’s request for an arrest warrant based solely on the stalker’s DNA. Woodbury called the DNA warrant the “first of its kind for Nevada,” explaining that without it, Aston’s subsequent arrest for discharging a firearm into Tatro’s home would have been prohibited by the statute of limitations.

Woodbury refers to what he says are historic lows in Carson City’s crime rate as evidence of his office’s effectiveness. Total reported crime in 2017 was down 5.5% from the previous year and 9.5% from 2015.

“Several things have to click to hit a number like that. Primarily, front line deputies and detectives deserve the credit. But you just wouldn’t see that kind of reduction in crime if my office wasn’t doing its job, too,” he said.

The Nevada District Attorney’s Association recently elected him the organization’s next President. His term will begin just before the 2019 Legislature convenes.

“The D.A.’s are highly engaged during session,” he says. “We want to make sure lawmakers are educated on how their bills affect law enforcement.”

Woodbury says he wants to establish a Child Advocacy Center for abuse victims. “It’s a massive project. But with the partnerships we’ve built during my first term, we can get this done.”