Pitt County Assistant District Attorney Jarrette M. Pittman on Tuesday announced his candidacy for the Pitt County District Court seat being vacated by Judge Patricia Hilburn, who will be retiring before her term expires in November.
“I love my work in the DA’s office,” Pittman said. “I have been able to accomplish a lot, but there is always more work to be done and I feel I can do more for the community from the bench.”
A native of Scotland Neck, Pittman received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his juris doctorate from the College of William and Mary’s Law School in Williamsburg, Va.
Pittman began his legal career working for now North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley as a post-graduate extern when Beasley served on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
Pittman was a junior associate at the Ruffin Law Firm, where he defended indigent clients, juveniles and helped people navigate their way through the court system, before working as an assistant district attorney in Halifax County, where he helped establish a Teen Court program.
In 2014, Pittman became an assistant district attorney in Pitt County. Pittman’s wife, Maya Mitchell Pittman, is a counselor at East Carolina University.
“Upon arriving in Pitt County, the community wholeheartedly welcomed my wife and (me),” Pittman stated. “I really love Greenville, and there are great people here.”
Pitman serves as an adjunct professor at N.C. Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount and instructs courses in constitutional law, criminal law and procedure, addiction, crime and the criminal and legal environment. He also tutors law students preparing for the N.C. Bar Exam and serves as the president-elect of the Pitt County Bar Association.
Pittman coaches with various youth athletics programs in Pitt County and serves on the board of the Greenville (Evening) Rotary Club and the Mediation Center of Eastern North Carolina.
“Being in Greenville allowed me to get involved on so many levels,” he said. “This is a community that is well-suited for me.”
As an assistant district attorney in Pitt County, Pittman has prosecuted cases that include minor traffic offenses, impaired driving, juvenile crimes, misdemeanors, non-capital murder cases, felony drug offenses and financial crimes.
“No matter the case … fairness is most important to me,” Pittman said. “It has been truly a privilege to serve as a prosecutor in Pitt County. I am running for district court judge because I want to give back even more to the families at the place I am glad to call home.”
Pittman, who turns 32 next month, said he believes that his age will not be a factor in the election. He noted that District Court Judge Brian DeSoto was 32 years old when he was elected to the bench.
“Greenville is getting younger … not older,” Pittman said. “And people can look to Judge DeSoto to see that this has been done before and has been done well.”
Pittman added that he has received “a tremendous amount” of support with his decision to run for the District Court seat.
“It has been incredible,” he said. “I am humbled at the outpouring of support. As I go throughout the community and talk to people about my candidacy, they are excited.
“That’s what is driving me,” Pittman said. “I want to take the District Court to the next level.”
For more information about Pittman, visit his website at www.pittmanforpittcounty.com or follow him on Facebook at “Pittman for Pitt County.”