St. Lawrence County DA Candidates Have Big Differences

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Republican candidate Mary Rain has logged a lot of miles in her campaign for St. Lawrence County District Attorney.

As a former police officer, prosecutor, public defender and defense attorney, she says their are big differences between her and the woman she is trying to unseat, District Attorney Nicole Duve.

"I have over 15 years of police work, over ten years of prosecution. I've done more felony trials than she's done. I've done more serious felony trials than she's done," said Rain.

"This job isn't really about numbers. It's about people and it's about what you can do for people to help them in more often then not one of the most difficult times of their lives," said Duve.

But Rain was stripped of her administrative duties as public defender by county officials in March 2011 and later resigned from the $88,000 a year county job.

"The administration mishandled my employment and because of that mishandling, when I left, they provided me with $25,000 as I left...If you've done something wrong, you will get fired. If you haven't done something wrong and they've mishandled your employment, you're gonna leave with a check," said Rain.

Rain's campaign has focused on what she describes as the ineffectiveness of the current prosecutor in winning convictions and dealing with victims.

She says she would work to improve more timely prosecutions and enhance communications between the DA's office and police.
 
Meanwhile, Democrat Nicole Duve says she has enjoyed the 8 years she's has worked as the county's prosecutor, while maintaining what she describes as a high ethical commitment to the job she was elected to do.
 
"It's something that I'm very invested in, I'm very passionate about. The thing that I like most about it is being able to help people. Sometimes we can't help people the way we'd like to but we do our best to do what we can within the bounds of the law and with the evidence that we have," said Duve.

Duve says she has worked countless hours on criminal cases winning convictions from murders and violent sex crimes to assaults and drug trafficking.

The race for DA could be decided on which candidate gets the vote out in places like Ogdensburg and Massena as well as rural parts of the county.

With more than 23,000 Democrats and 22,000 Republicans eligible to vote next week, it could boil down to the more than 12,000 registered voters with no party affiliation.

Absentee ballots could also come into play with nearly 1,600 applications and close to 900 returned so far.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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