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November 22, 2013

Mitchell announces campaign for DA

PALESTINE —

Allyson Mitchell announced this week her campaign for Anderson County district attorney, saying she plans to deal a tough hand to crime in the community and reinstate cooperation between law enforcement agencies to best serve citizens' needs.

“I want to take my experience and dedication to the field of prosecution and my care for Anderson County to the next level,” Mitchell told the Herald-Press Wednesday. “And the next level is to be the district attorney of this county. Being a prosecutor, I have gained a lot of experience that I think will benefit the community.”

Currently, Mitchell serves as an assistant special prosecutor for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), as well as section chief and supervisor for the Juvenile Division of the Special Prosecution Unit for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD).

“I've been a prosecutor the entire time I've been a practicing lawyer,” she said. “It's all I know. It's what I love.”

Mitchell has worked in Anderson County for 13 years. Currently, she works within Cherokee, Freestone and Houston counties, but is not working in Anderson while running for office. She officially filed to run on Monday.

Mitchell said she wants to bring justice to Anderson County's citizens who have been violated by crime, whether through something such as burglary or for those affected by substance abuse crimes, as well as those victimized by sexual abuse.

“All these people have been violated, and all these people are important to me,” she said. “There's not an order of importance. They're all victims. You feel violated when someone takes something from you, whether it's innocence or something you own.”

She also underscored her passion to help juveniles chart the right path and has plans to implement programs that would benefit the youth of Anderson County.

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