New Judge, State Representative Sworn In In Pitt County

A new judge and a new state representative took the oath off office Wednesday in Pitt County.

Former Pitt County assistant D.A., Brian Desoto was sworn in as district judge at the Pitt County Courthouse with Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby administering the oath.

Desoto has more than seven years of law experience and says he believes he's ready for the challenge. Desoto also says after a tight election with his colleague, Faris Dixon, he's already made amends. "Politics sometimes brings out the things that are not so great, but you have to put them behind and move on from it. I have, I've moved on, I've talked to him since. We've talked about cases together and both of us obviously have a job to do for the taxpayers."

Brian Brown was also sworn in at the courthouse as a new state representative. The Republican beat longtime Democrat state representative Marian McLawhorn in the November election.

Brown was also sworn in by Justice Newby and says while his platform will be business and educational development, he respects the work McLawhorn has done for the education sector. Brown says, "Marian and I are not too far apart from the education side of things. I think that's the really great thing. I will be serving as a vice chair in the education committee."

Brown says he's going to be busy. His wife is expecting their second child and he's still managing his business in Greenville while traveling to Raleigh.