Former Marshall PD officer announces run for Harrison County DA in 2018 election
Robin Y. Richardson
May 18, 2017 at 5:37 p.m.
Updated May 19, 2017 at 6 a.m.
Reid McCain Jr., assistant Gregg County District Attorney and former Marshall Police Department officer, announced on Thursday, his intent to run for Harrison County District Attorney in the November 2018 General Election.
“My ultimate goals are decreasing crime rates while increasing the dwindling confidence in the county’s current criminal justice system,” McCain said on his campaign website. “As a dedicated, lifelong public servant, I stand by my belief that all persons are created with equal opportunity, have values and abilities and should not be deprived of such because of general injustice.”
Reid will run on the Republican party ticket, challenging sitting DA Coke Solomon, who confirmed on Thursday that he plans to seek re-election in 2018.
“I’m definitely going to be seeking re-election for 2018,” Solomon told the News Messenger. “I’ve enjoyed the past seven years. I’m truly honored that the citizens of Harrison County have allowed me to do it as long as I have. I look forward to doing another four-year term.”
Solomon said he looks forward to visiting with constituents on the campaign trail.
“I look forward to meeting with people and talking with people regarding the issues that they would like to address,” the DA said. “We’ve been very successful in our efforts in the office — myself and my staff — and I will be releasing a lot more information in the coming weeks.
“This obviously is very early in the campaign season,” he said. Nevertheless, “I look forward to running in this election cycle.”
Solomon said Reid’s bid for election did not come as a surprise, as Reid had already spoken with him regarding his intentions to run.
“He was very professional,” Solomon said. “He indicated to me that he was planning on running and I wished him luck.
“Obviously, I hope to prevail and will be asking for people’s vote,” the DA said.
McCain, who was a 12-year veteran at MPD prior to becoming an attorney, noted he is advocating for a fair, firm and well-respected prosecutor’s office and is seeking the county seat as a representative of the countless victims of unsolved crimes.
“With McCain’s background, he is uniquely qualified to provide a balance between prosecution and law enforcement’s efforts, in order that victims are well-represented and protected with justice served in criminal prosecutions,” his website states.
A longtime East Texan, McCain boasts 23 years of public service as both a prosecutor and police officer. As Assistant District Attorney, he has prosecuted jury trials and bench trials ranging from traffic charges to capital murder, his bio indicates. He currently is focused on prosecuting Texas Child Protective Services cases in the 307th District Court of Gregg County.
In his 14-year career in law enforcement, two of those years were spent as an investigator for the West Central Texas Auto Theft Task Force with the Jones County Sheriff’s Office. He spent the rest at MPD where he was sergeant for the Crime Scene Investigations division, working closely with victims of a variety of crimes, ranging from burglaries to homicides. Other roles included field training officer, financial crimes detective, patrol sergeant and patrol lieutenant.
“I am a fair, principled Christian, family man, leader and dedicated lifelong public servant who believes in the rule of law and that justice should be dispensed as evenly and firmly as possible,” McCain said. “From arrest to prosecution, my intimate knowledge with the criminal justice system will allow for citizens to be represented in court by a competent prosecutor who can ensure that these goals are achieved.”
McCain’s campaign site notes that he is a graduate of Oklahoma City University School of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctor (JD). He also holds a bachelor’s of science degree in criminal justice from Louisiana State University in Shreveport (LSUS).
He is married to Melissa McCain who works for the Longview Cardiac and Vascular Consultants of Diagnostic Clinic of Longview. They reside in Harleton with their two daughters and one son. The family attends St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Marshall where they are members.