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Commonwealth of Kentucky Attorney - Judicial District 17

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Campaign Phone (859) 653-7626
Age 32
City/town Bellevue
Education/Degrees Thomas More B.A. Business Administration A.A. Economics University of Dayton School of Law
Community Involvement Ft Thomas Masonic Lodge Knights of Columbus Member of Divine Mercy Parish
I am running to offer Campbell County a new voice and fresh perspective in the office of Commonwealth Attorney. I’m not a politician, I’m an attorney that has significant experience in the field of criminal defense. Additionally, I have a very active civil practice. My father was a prosecutor for over 30 years, I grew up watching his passion for criminal justice and I knew that someday I wanted to follow in his footsteps and help protect the people of our community.
I have nothing negative to say about my opponent, she is a competent attorney and I appreciate her service to the community. She was appointed by a Liberal Democrat to the job several years ago and I believe that our County is need of Conservative leadership and a new perspective. My experience in private practice makes me uniquely qualified to serve in this position.
I am going to thoroughly review the budget for the office in order to maximize services and minimize expenses for the taxpayers of Campbell County. I will look at utilizing more attorneys in a part time role which would provide the county with two main benefits 1) It will significantly reduce the costs by eliminating pension and insurance costs and 2) it will allow the county to utilize the best attorneys in the area who have a busy private practice and cannot commit to full time public service.
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Campaign Phone (859) 240-9643
Age 47
City/town Cold Spring, Kentucky
Education/Degrees BA in Broadcast Journalism, Western Kentucky University Juris Doctor, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, NKU
Community Involvement Northern Kentucky Veteran’s Treatment Court – Board Member Northern Kentucky Regional Mental Health Court – Board Member Holly Hill Child and Family Solutions – Board Member Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center – Board Member Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force – Past Board member Campbell County Drug Task Force - Co-Founder Cincinnati Children’s Hospital – Champion Advocate St. Joseph Cold Spring, Parishoner, Campbell County Police Chief’s Association, Associate Member Kentucky Commonwealth’s Attorneys Association - Member National District Attorneys Association – Member Kentucky Bar Association, Member DARE Program, Sponsor Newport Central Catholic Mock Trial Team, Coach
Endorsements Campbell County Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 10 (Member Police Departments: Campbell County, Alexandria, Bellevue, Cold Spring, Highland Heights, Ft.Thomas, Wilder, Southgate, Dayton, NKU, Probation and Parole and the Campbell County Sheriff and Detention Center) Northern Kentucky Labor Council Iron Workers Local 44
Campaign Message "Experience Matters."
Campbell County is my home; I was raised here, and I raised my family here, so I am as invested as one can be in protecting this community and our way of life. I have seen first hand the impact of crime, not only on the direct victims, but the ripple effect it sends throughout our county. When people do not feel safe, they certainly cannot feel free. For the last 18 years, I have prosecuted felony crimes in Campbell County, given a voice to those who had been victimized, and held individuals accountable for their criminal actions. Because of the work of so many dedicated law enforcement officers, I have managed to secure thousands of convictions for our residents during my career. However, crime does not stop and, thus, my work is not done. I am running for re-election to continue pursuing justice for those who have been hurt and working to protect the place that I have always called home, because the people of Campbell County deserve the most experienced prosecutor to represent them.
What makes me the best candidate is one word: experience. The crimes that come before this office are the most serious recognized under Kentucky law. Whether it is the survivor of a sexual assault or a family who has had a loved one taken from them, my job has required me to guide individuals through the legal system during the darkest chapter of their lives. The ability to successfully prosecute these crimes to the extent that they so badly deserve is not something that can be learned overnight; it is something that comes with experience. I am the only candidate in this race who has ever prosecuted criminals. I am the only candidate who has obtained life sentences for murderers and pedophiles. I am the only candidate who has handled a felony jury trial on my own. My political affiliation has no bearing on my job. No victim has ever asked me about my political status, but only about my experience. At the end of the day, I am not a politician; I am a prosecutor, and I'm proud of it.
In the last 3 years, I have managed to save the taxpayers of Campbell County over 2.7 million dollars through the creation, implementation, and operation of the "Rocket Docket" program. This program expedites the process of getting non-violent drug possessors out of jail and placed into drug treatment programs, saving our citizens the costs of continued incarceration while still fighting the ongoing heroin epidemic. Moreover, the program works to attack the true source of our heroin problem through an individual screening of each case to distinguish the mere drug users from the drug dealers, who are given prison sentences. The reduction in court appearances has further alleviated the strain on the budgets of our police agencies with less "overtime" pay required for officers appearing multiple times on the same case. The Commonwealth Attorney does not have the discretion to cut services, but I am always seeking ways to make better use of resources and spare the taxpayers the burden.
The Commonwealth Attorney's Office does not collect tax revenue or participate in any executive or legislative decisions regarding taxes. However, I have been and continue to be an advocate in Frankfort for proper allocation of current resources for additional treatment opportunities for those battling addiction and especially toward the expansion of services for victims of crime. Examples of such entities are the Crime Victims Compensation Board, which provides assistance to those who have incurred serious financial loss as a result of crime, and the Northern Kentucky Children's Advocacy Center, which provides education and treatment to children and families of children who have endured physical and sexual abuse. There are sources other than the taxpayers pockets from which money can be obtained, such as through enforcement of Kentucky's forfeiture laws, which allows for confiscation of funds from the drug dealers pumping their poison into our streets.
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