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Posted: Sunday, Sep. 12, 2010

DA candidate bios

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  • Manages about 80 lawyers and 60 support staff.

    Handles some 230,000 criminal court filings and traffic citations annually - including 12,000 felonies.

    Decides which cases to take to trial and which to resolve by plea bargain.

    Oversees an office that receives $6.6 million in state funding, $3.5 million from Mecklenburg County and $2.4 million from the City of Charlotte.


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    Michael Barnes

    Age: 39.

    Party: Democrat.

    Occupation: Law partner with Fuller & Barnes.

    Family: Wife, Keisha; three children, 18 months to 3 years.

    Education: UNC Chapel Hill, B.A. in history 1993; N.C. Central Law School, J.D. 1998.

    Professional experience: First Union attorney, 1998-2000; solo practice 2000-2005; partner, 2005-present.

    Political office: Charlotte City Council 2005-present.

    Military: None.

    Last book: "Outliers," by Malcolm Gladwell.

    Andrew Murray

    Age: 48.

    Party: Republican.

    Occupation: Law partner with Goodman, Carr, Laughrun, Levine, Murray & Greene.

    Family: Wife, Pamela; three sons, 16 to 25.

    Education: UNC Charlotte, B.S. political science, 1989; UNC law school, J.D. 1992.

    Professional experience: Current firm since 2000; partner, Ledford and Murray, 1996-2000; assistant district attorney, 1992-1996.

    Political office: None.

    Community involv ement: President, The Hamptons at Northcross Homeowner's Association; board of Lake Norman Christian School.

    Military: Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Reserves (29-year veteran, including six years active duty).

    Last book: "Missing Persons," by Stephen White.

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