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February 22, 2014

Candidates discuss issues at recent political forum

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“I’m proud of our record of prosecution. We’ve tried 110 felonies, we’ve tried 208 cases all together,” he said. “And so we’re doing a good job for this county, and before you throw out that, you need to think about the quality of work that you’re getting and what we do for you. And that’s why I want to be district attorney, because I think I’m invested in this community and we’re making a difference.”

In response, Mitchell said she did not make the decision to run for criminal district attorney lightly.

“I’m a fourth generation resident of Anderson County. I’m proud to be here,” she began, “and I am extremely qualified to be our new district attorney.”

Mitchell recounted her experience, stating she was a career prosecutor, licensed in 2000. She worked in the Anderson County District Attorney’s office for five and a half years, handling cases ranging from Class C misdemeanors to DWIs.

“I actually had never lost a DWI when I left that office. People were sent to jail and they were placed on probation, no one was ever given a fine only,” she said. “In 2006, I moved to the Special Prosecution Unit, and what I do there is I prosecute cases that occur on (Texas Department of Criminal Justice) property. Anything that happens out here happens in there,” she said, from drug to murder to sexual assault cases.

“I also am the section chief of our juvenile division, and what that means is I work statewide to prosecute through the Texas Justice Department. I oversee eight employees, I work with a very large budget, and I personally prosecute in addition to my supervisory responsibilities.

“So I have 13 years of experience and I’ve done a lot during that short period of time. I have a unique perspective. I have worked in 11 different counties, so what I want to do is take what I’ve learned at the various counties I’ve worked in and bring them to use in Anderson County.”

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