Retired district attorneys, clerks endorse Clarkson
We are a group of current, retired and former Marion County deputy district attorneys and law clerks and we very much encourage you to reelect Paige Clarkson as your District Attorney. We have worked with Paige and for Paige and we hold her in the highest regard.
Paige has dedicated her entire career to public safety, victims and this office. She began as a law clerk in 1998 and then an attorney immediately upon graduating from law school in 1999. She has served as a Deputy District Attorney, Trial Team Leader and now as your elected District Attorney. Paige has prosecuted and gone to trial on every kind of criminal case imaginable — from shoplifting to Murder. Over her lengthy career she has trained a multitude of attorneys to do the same.
This work is challenging in the best of times. Even more so over the last few years. Paige has led us with unmatched integrity, compassion and dedication every step of the way. The mantra of this office is and has been: "Do the right thing, for the right reason, every single day."
The office has several specialty court programs (Mental Health, Veterans, Drug) that have assisted us in achieving that goal. Little else is more gratifying to Paige and her deputies than seeing defendants who want and are amenable to treatment get the help they need to change their lives and the community for the better. If you examine the list of people who endorse Paige for reelection, you will find graduates of these programs.
While rehabilitation is always the goal of prosecution, there comes a point when, due to the nature of the act or the defendant's criminal history, the only way to protect the public is to seek harsher sentences. In these cases, Paige has instilled in us a solemn dedication and commitment to seek justice and protect victims and the public. Because of her leadership, we do not take this responsibility lightly.
The ethical duty of every prosecutor is to "Do Justice." Nobody has worked harder and with more dedication toward that goal than Paige Clarkson. She is the only qualified candidate in this race. Marion County Deputy District Attorneys stay in this challenging work for all of these reasons, and because of who Paige is and what she stands for. We will continue to do so when she is reelected. Please join us voting for her on May 17.
Current: Matt Kemmy, Katie Suver, Brendan Murphy, David Wilson, Shannon Sullivan, Evelyn Centeno, Nicole Theobald, Braden Wolf, Katie Semple, Justin Barbot-Wheaton, Allie Knodell, Kyana Hughes, Christine Herrman, Melodie Dickey, Meghan Kamps, Natalie Barringer, Robin Klein, David Sorensen, Dan Olsen, Conner Egan, Concetta Schwesinger, Tim O'Donnell.
Former: Drew Anderson, John Knodell, Sean Kallery, Mahalee Evans, Rachel Klein, Kurt Miller, Toby Tingleaf, Melissa Alison, Ashlee Cadotte, Erin Greenawald, Doug Prince, Bryan Orrio, Patrick Lowney, Nick Triplett, Alicia Wilson, Amberlynn Howell.
Retired: Jean Kunkle, Joe Hollander, John Turner, Henry Loebe.
Four DAs voice support for Clarkson
We are four elected District Attorneys from very distinct geographic locations across Oregon who strongly believe DA Paige Clarkson is the best candidate for Marion County District Attorney, because she is a champion for crime victims, holds violent criminals accountable, and is a statewide criminal justice leader.
As colleagues of DA Clarkson, we experience her leadership qualities firsthand as she stands up for crime victims time and time again, even if it upsets our state's most powerful elected officials. And while she is unafraid to speak truth to powerful people, she is also willing to work with competing interests to make the justice system more fair and efficient. Paige has worked closely with the statewide criminal defense community and other advocacy groups on issues like bail reform and pretrial discovery, and developing reasonable reform that doesn't put community safety at stake.
If you haven't met DA Clarkson, you should also know that she is inspiring, experienced and a person of integrity. We urge the voters of Marion County to re-elect District Attorney Paige Clarkson, a vote for justice for crime victims and a balanced approach to prosecution.
DA Jeff Auxier, Columbia County
DA Kelsie McDaniel, Union County
DA Aaron Felton, Polk County
DA John Wentworth, Clackamas County
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