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DA Candidate Welsh: ‘I’m Not Afraid of a Challenge.’

Thursday, January 10, 2019 @ 12:01 AM

Posted by Ron Wilshire

drew-welshCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Drew Welsh, candidate for Clarion County District Attorney, has issued the following statement:

My name is Drew Welsh and I am running to be District Attorney of Clarion County.

For the last eight years, it has been my privilege to serve Clarion County as First Assistant District Attorney.  In that time I have prosecuted every type of criminal case.  I have won guilty verdicts at jury trials for crimes such as a drive-by shooting, assaulting a pregnant woman and her unborn child, attempted murder, rape of a child, and many more.  Now I am asking for your vote to be Clarion County’s chief law enforcement officer.

My experience goes beyond trials.  The protection and welfare of children have been a focus for me. To help better investigate and prosecute child abuse cases, I took part in spearheading the creation of a Multi-Disciplinary Investigative Team (MDIT).  This team consists of the District Attorney’s Office, CYS, police agencies, and other stakeholders.  Its goal is to increase communication between agencies to ensure no child abuse case falls through the cracks.

I also serve as the juvenile prosecutor. Juvenile cases require knowledge of a completely separate procedure from the adult system.  This includes not only the initial finding of guilt but also requires semi-annual reviews in every case to monitor progress and make sure that a juvenile does not re-offend.

District Attorney Aaron has done a tremendous job of combating the drug problems in our community.  I will continue to work with the Clarion Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), along with state and local law enforcement to fight this issue.  In my time at the DA’s office, I have seen too many young lives destroyed by drugs.  Too many tears from mothers and fathers.   As a member of Clarion County’s Drug Treatment Court, I have also seen the tears of joy from families reunited through the program.  If I am elected District Attorney, people who bring drugs into our community and continue to spread poison like heroin and methamphetamine will be held accountable.

I believe the District Attorney’s office should focus on violent crime.  I have taken the lead on prosecuting sexual offenses, child abuse, assaults, and domestic violence.  Often the most difficult cases are sexual offenses, particularly against children. I have repeatedly taken these cases to trial and obtained convictions.  I’m not afraid of a challenge.  I don’t turn my back when things get tough.

I am running for District Attorney because I want a safe community for my children and all who live here.  Over the next year, I look forward to sharing more of my experience with you and hearing what aspirations you have for our community.  Clarion County deserves someone who will stand tall for them against the rapists, abusers, and drug dealers.  I will stand tall for you.  I will stand tall for justice.

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