As a prosecutor, I strongly believe that child abusers should go to prison, for long sentences. Child abusers, especially those who sexually molest children, are the offenders most difficult to treat and–if free to access the victims they prefer–are likely to molest additional children. The one way to be certain they won’t abuse a child again is to incarcerate them.
On the other hand, we all know persons who have faced and overcome substance abuse problems. I believe we incarcerate too many drug offenders. Many drug offenders commit drug offenses because they are users or addicts. We should not spend limited court resources trying to incarcerate them for drug offenses if they are appropriate candidates for probation, with frequent drug screens and treatment.
Above all, I believe the District Attorney should be an experienced prosecutor, not a politician. I am that experienced prosecutor, with a career including all levels of prosecution, responsible for prosecuting the most serious crimes–first-degree murder, aggravated rape, armed robbery, and drug trafficking–in the Supreme Judicial Court and the Appeals Court, supervising the Assistant District Attorneys in two different District Courts, and ten years experience in Superior Court investigating serious felonies, charging them in the Grand Jury, and taking them to trial.
As a candidate for elected office, I believe the District Attorney’s office should be held for limited terms, and should not be a stepping-stone for election to other offices. I will not serve for more than two terms as District Attorney, nor will I campaign for any other office while serving as District Attorney.
I’m also concerned about the effect of money on the office. There is no good reason for a District Attorney to raise large amounts of campaign cash while in office. As District Attorney, I will not solicit campaign donations unless I have an election opponent.
I hope this information is enough to interest you to look further into my candidacy. I’d be very honored for your support now, and your vote on September 14 in the Democratic primary.