The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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April 24, 2014

Stanly County sheriff candidates discuss campaign issues

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 —

6. Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the overall judicial system in Stanly County? Explain.

Democrats

R. Burris: Our judicial system is not perfect, but our office works with the judges and the DA’s every day to improve. We’re all focused on reducing crime and improving the backlog of court cases, and communicating with each other is essential. There are a lot of moving parts, and we don’t always see eye to eye. I work hard to maintain those relationships because each of our successes depends on the other’s. With our becoming a stand-alone judicial district, we’re going to be the smallest judicial district in the state. I’m committed to making adjustments so that we can continue to work together to serve Stanly County and meet your needs, but it doesn’t seem likely that we’ll stay the smallest district for long.

Speights: The judicial system, like all government systems, has shortcomings, but often those circumstances are not changed by one individual, but through the legislative process.

Republicans

G. Burris:  The judicial system may not always be what I or every citizen wants it to be. We as citizens look for all cases to be handled by the law and seek justice to be done. I want to do my best in all cases and all investigations being completed by the Sheriff's Office. I will make sure that we, as an office, do our job correctly and provide a solid case to send to court. There can always be improvement in all areas but I will hold the Sheriff's Office accountable to do our job and hope that the courts can do theirs. To provide the District Attorneys office with a case file to present to the judge and/or jury and do my best to make sure the victims are heard and fought for.

Frick: No. I'm not really satisfied with the current judicial system in Stanly County and I would like very much to see some changes within the sheriff’s department as well as the DA’s office.

Poole: It is not my place to second guess a district attorney or judge — so no comment.

Whaley: I am very pleased judicially speaking that we are now a stand alone county. The incoming District Attorney’s Office will be able to focus their attention only on Stanly County.  The overall perspective of this change should be positive for all the citizens of Stanly County.  As sheriff my job is to provide a safe environment for the courts to dispatch business and to enforce the laws. Any changes in the judicial system shall originate in the legislature or court administration.

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