MANCHESTER — Darrick Banda has announced he is seeking the Republican nomination for the post of district attorney in prosecutorial District 4, which includes all of Kennebec and Somerset counties.

Banda, who has spent five years as an assistant district attorney for the counties, is seeking to fill the remaining two years of the post formerly held by Evert Fowle. Fowle resigned to join the district court bench.

The district attorney’s post will be officially declared vacant after the June primary, according to Megan Sanborn, spokeswoman for the Maine Secretary of State’s Office. She said that will allow the parties to caucus to nominate a replacement, as well as make non-party petitions available for circulation.

The deadlines are likely to be on or before the fourth Monday in July for the nominations and the return of any petitions, she said.

Democratic state Rep. Maeghan Maloney of Augusta is also seeking her party’s nomination for the district attorney’s post, as is Democrat Alan Kelley, who is acting district attorney.

All three candidates have filed with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics & Elections Practices, which tracks campaign finances.

Banda, 36, a Maine native who lives in Manchester, is a 1994 graduate of Bangor High School, and a 1998 graduate of the University of Maine, where he completed the Army ROTC program, according to a press release.

He served as a summer intern to the Secretary of the Army at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and received his law degree from the University of Maine School of Law in 2001. Banda served six years in the Maine Army National Guard and was honorably discharged in February of 2007, according to the release.

From 2003 to 2008, Banda was an assistant district attorney in Kennebec and Somerset counties, primarily assigned as the supervising prosecuting attorney in the Augusta District Court. Banda then went to the defense bar, joining attorney Daniel Lilley.

In the release, Banda describes himself as “someone who deeply cares for educating our youth on the importance of civic participation,” and volunteered time almost every summer from 1995 to work in the American Legion Dirigo Boys’ State Program.

He said his 10 years’ litigation experience has earned the respect of both law enforcement personnel and the criminal defense bar.


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