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Voters Guide - Washington County state's attorney

October 30, 2006

Washington County state's attorney



Salary: $100,350 per year

Term: Four years




Jerry Joyce, 58

Hagerstown
Democrat

Platform

- Build strong rapport with residents in communities affected by the drug trade in hopes of building cases against out-of-state drug dealers.

- Establish Web site to profile drug dealers and gang members.

- Create evening hours for prosecutors so victims and witnesses don't have to take time off work to meet about their cases.

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- Assign a prosecutor as a liaison to help elderly people.

- Monitor all domestic violence cases. Look into alarms for most at-risk domestic violence victims.




Charles P. Strong Jr., 59

Hagerstown
Republican

Platform

- Experience: 25 years of prosecutorial experience and leadership.

- Emphasis on victims: Focuses his office's efforts on rights and needs of crime victims.

- Teamwork: Leads a team of experienced prosecutors and staff who work closely with law enforcement.

- Efficiency: Has cut the number of Washington County Circuit Court filings and time from filing a case to closing it in half.

- Innovation: Continues to innovate prosecution through the development of a juvenile drug court, a prison violence initiative and other initiatives.

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