Residence: Cumberland Township
Employment: District Attorney, Adams County, 2016-present, First Assistant District Attorney, Adams County District Attorney’s Office, 2004-2016, Special Assistant United States Attorney, 2008-Present. Senior Deputy Prosecutor, York County District Attorney’s Office, 1999-2002; Associate, Nealon & Gover, Harrisburg, PA, 2002-2003;
Education: Gettysburg Area Senior High School, 1992; B.A. Political Science, Pre-Law, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1995; Juris Doctor, Dickinson School of Law, 1999.
Political Experience: Life-long member of the Republican Party. Other than running for District Attorney in 2015, I have never sought political office before.
Community Involvement: Member, St. James Lutheran Church; Coached and umpired youth baseball at various age levels; Member, Sons of the American Legion (Gettysburg Post), Member, Fraternal Order of Eagles (Gettysburg); Previously an Adjunct Professor, Mount St. Mary’s University; Frequent speaker at local school districts and civic organizations; Goldheart Golden Retriever Rescue Organization.
What makes you the best candidate? I am running for re-election as District Attorney because I love this community and I have the desire, the qualifications and the experience to continue to serve the people of Adams County. I was raised in a law enforcement family and I have the utmost respect for the men and women who protect us on a daily basis. To that end, I have received the endorsements of the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, Pennsylvania State Police, Fraternal Order of Police, Keystone Lodge #41 and Tri-County. Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 76.
I believe I am the best candidate because I have served as District Attorney for the past three years and have effectively supervised the office, the cases and the programs that are vital to our continued efforts to protect this community, while holding those accountable who commit crime. I previously served in the role of second in command of the Adams County District Attorney’s Office for 12 years under prior District Attorney Shawn Wagner. I have directly overseen the operation of the Adams County Drug Task Force. I have handled thousands of criminal prosecutions ranging from murder to summary traffic tickets. Since being elected as District Attorney, I have personally overseen the day-to-day operations of the District Attorney’s Office, including budget, personnel, planning, development and technology decisions. I have a well-established working relationship with the Court, county commissioners, directors and all offices within the county.
What are the most important issues facing the office you are seeking? The issues facing the District Attorney’s Office are reflective of the issues that face our community as a whole. The ever-present problems of drug abuse and addiction, mental health treatment and child abuse are among the most demanding facing our criminal justice system. I believe in cooperation between law enforcement and our community partners in an effort to maintain Adams County as one of the safest places to live in Pennsylvania. However, advancing times require law enforcement to continually evolve in order to combat ever-changing trends in criminal behavior. These include cyber-crime, financial scams and innovative methods of evidence collection and courtroom presentation. These are all issues facing our office and issues we are prepared to deal with going forward.
It is clearly the responsibility of the District Attorney to punish those offenders who deserve it and to insure justice for victims of crime and the protection of society. However, it is also the responsibility of the District Attorney to do the right thing for the right reasons and seek the proper punishment and treatment for those who violate the law in an effort to return them to the community with a plan so they do not re-offend. This is a tough balance, but one that I will continue to use my experience and any other available resources to address. I can assure the citizens of our county that I am committed to preserving our community as a safe place to raise a family and a wonderful area to work and live.
Because this position does not allow me the opportunity to cross-file, I would encourage any Democratic voter who chooses to write my name in on your ballot on May 21st. I appreciate your support.
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