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Letter: Cheney responds

I’m thankful for the attention our community is giving to our district attorney election. In reading the recent comments of the DA’s chief supporter, Tom Silverman, who has made his living defending chronic drunk drivers, they continue to run her campaign against the past. His statements about me are untrue.

What is true is that I have 10 years of experience as a prosecutor and seven years in civil and criminal defense law practice. If I am honored to represent you as your next elected DA, I will bring a balanced approach to prosecution.

Extremes are undesirable for good communities like ours. I am a true servant leader and I will make every effort to lead your district attorney’s office to a common sense balance between being too punitive and too lenient. I believe in restorative justice, rehabilitation for offenders and empowering victims of crime. I believe that we should give our best effort to support those with a genuine desire to rehabilitate.

I have accompanied friends to AA meetings and even to hospital ERs, since our community does not have a detox facility, which I will earnestly try to bring to our community. I intend to create an advisory board comprised of citizens from all three of our counties to ensure that the DA’s office is in tune with the communities served. I am not a rubber stamp for law enforcement, but I do genuinely believe that those involved in the criminal justice system must work collaboratively together to ensure we are providing the best due process to accused persons and the best justice for victims of crime.

As I go door-to-door around our judicial district communicating my common sense vision for a balanced DA’s office, I am realizing our election for district attorney is about people, not politics, and this is why I am so grateful to the many Democrats, Republicans and Independents supporting my candidacy for district attorney. I respectfully ask that you support me for district attorney.

Jeff Cheney

Republican district attorney candidate

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