At the Nov. 16 Macon County Republican General Meeting, Assistant District Attorney Ashley Welch announced her candidacy for the office of District Attorney, 30th Prosecutorial District, in the 2014 election. The 30th District consists of the following Western North Carolina counties: Macon, Swain, Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood and Jackson.
Welch has been a North Carolina Assistant District Attorney for more than a decade and has been in the 30th District since May 2005. She has a strong record of successful prosecutions and is currently assigned to prosecute major felony cases in the seven counties of the District.
Welch is endorsed by Macon County Sheriff Robert L. Holland, Swain County Sheriff Curtis Cochran, and numerous other law enforcement officers.
Welch is a Western North Carolina native and has resided in Macon County since 2005. She is married to Western North Carolina native Brian Welch. She is a graduate of William and Mary School of Law, the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill and East Henderson High School.
Welch completed the National District Attorneys Association Career Prosecutor Course and the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys Capital Prosecutors School.
Welch received a Drug Enforcement Administration Certificate of Appreciation For Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Drug Law Enforcement in 2011 and a North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Letter of Appreciation in 2012.