By Caitlin VanOverberghe
Why are you running for office?
Prior to my leadership, this office had been mismanaged and neglected under a parade of failed prosecutors. I was worried about the future of our community if the destructive culture within our prosecutor’s office went unchecked. As a lifelong Hancock County resident, I knew that the people of this community deserved better than a figurehead politician looking for an easy paycheck. I was determined to revolutionize our prosecutor’s office. We now have the most effective office in the history of Hancock County, and I am running for re-election to continue our unparalleled success.
What makes you a qualified candidate for the position?
I’ve kept every campaign promise I made in 2014. I’m the only candidate to convict a murderer. Additionally, my office has convicted more killers, rapists, child molesters, and drug dealers in less time than at any other point in our county’s history. We’ve revolutionized the way in which we approach drug crimes and crimes against children. We’re proactive in not just prosecuting but also in working as a community partner to prevent crime in our county. We’ve eliminated the $100,000 deficit previous elected prosecutors had racked up, and we’ve saved taxpayers an additional $100,000 through fiscal conservatism.
What are your top three goals for the position?
1. Continue our unmatched success in the courtroom and our nationally recognized work against substance abuse addiction and the opioid crisis, while maintaining a balanced budget.