The most important race of the 2018 local election is Franklin County prosecutor. Here are my views.
The republican candidate is Chris Huerkamp, Brookville. According to a January article from this newspaper, he has served as Franklin county chief deputy prosecuting attorney since 2012. Before that, he worked at the Hamilton County, Ohio, Prosecutor's Office for over six years. He states he has handled thousands of criminal cases, and he will do his best to see that justice is served and that Franklin County remains a safe place to raise a family. I take this to mean he wants to stay the course.
The democratic candidate is Sean Vicente, Oldenburg. According to www.seanvicenteforprosecutor.com, he has 18 years of experience as an attorney. He works in Hamilton County, Ohio, as the public defender's training coordinator and teaches at University of Cincinnati College of Law. He worked as a trial attorney in both state and federal courts for 15 years, serving as an assistant federal public defender, and has tried dozens of jury trials and hundreds of bench trials. If elected, he would advocate for justice in the court system and work to make our communities safer. His vision and goals if elected also include:
Empower victims: Treat victims with respect and civility and improve communication with their family members.
Treat opioid epidemic: Seek to send non-violent drug offenders into treatment so we can effectively address the opioid epidemic at the local level.
Save tax dollars: Work to reform the justice system with the end goals of reducing crime, saving tax dollars and lessening the burden on our courts.
It seems to me that Mr. Vicente holds the advantage over Mr. Huerkamp in experience and legal knowledge. Mr. Vicente has my vote and support for the office of Franklin County prosecutor.