By GEORGE KUNKE SOUTH BEND - Raymond Police Chief Chuck Spoor and South Bend Police Chief Dave Eastham announced that they are endorsing Mark McClain for Pacific County Prosecutor in the upcoming primary and general elections later this year.
"Mark is a dedicated and talented prosecutor who gets results, and it's those results that ultimately protect and serve this community,” Chief Spoor said. “A lot of good police work goes to waste without a successful prosecution and I have worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Mark McClain and can tell you in no uncertain terms, we need him in the Prosecutor's Office.
"I have seen first hand how important it is to have an effective prosecutor working with our local law enforcement officers and could not be more supportive of Mark McClain as our next prosecutor,” Chief Eastham said. “Mark is an efficient and effective prosecutor and that is what we need to help support our community.”
"Our officers saw a marked reduction in criminal activity as a direct result of Mark McClain's efforts in the Prosecutor's Office," Spoor said.
"Mark is the person my officers, and I, called on when we had questions and he was the one, and only, prosecutor who interviewed my officers who were involved in the Brian Brush murder case, meeting the officers at night, on their schedule, not his," said Spoor, adding, "That's the kind of person he is,;he will work alongside of an officer, as well as the staff at the Prosecutor's Office, to get results. "Not only does Mark serve our community as a prosecutor, he is also a part of our community, working in local sports as a football and basketball official at all levels," said Spoor, who also serves as a coach. "It's this kind of leadership and dedication that we need in the Prosecutors Office, and I urge our community to get behind someone who has shown he is there for us."
Eastham, who initially responded to the Timothy Moore missing person investigation, which later resulted in the prosecution of Devon Moore for the murder of his father, said, "I worked closely with Mark on the Moore case and it was immediately evident that the right person was prosecuting the case and I knew he would be successful in ensuring justice for Tim.
"Mark also worked very closely with our officers when they had legal questions or needed help during their investigations, and I believe these combined efforts made our community safer,” Eastham added. “Crime was actually reduced as a direct result of Mark's work and his willingness to work for us."
McClain served as Chief Deputy Prosecutor in Pacific County until taking a position in Lewis County.
The following candidates have filed their candidacy in Pacific County:
County Commissioner #03 – Lisa Ayers (D), Michael Hess (D)
Prosecuting Attorney – David Burke (D), Mark McClain (no preference)
Public Utility Commissioner 1 – Michael ‘Mike’ Swanson, Joe Basil
South District Court Judge – Douglas Goelz, Nancy R. McAllister
Congressional District #3, U.S. Representative – Bob Dingethal (D), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R), Michael Delavar ®
Legislative District #19, State Representative Pos. 1 – Dean Takko (D), David A. Steenson (L)
Legislative District #19, State Representative Pos. 2 – Hugh Fleet (R), Brian Blake (D), James ‘Jimi’ O’Hagan (no preference)
County Sheriff – Scott L. Johnson (D)
County Treasurer – Renee Goodin (D)
County Assessor – Bruce P. Walker (D)
County Clerk – Virginia A. Leach (D)
North District Court Judge – Elizabeth Penoyar
County Auditor – Joyce Kidd (D)
Court of Appeals, Division 2, District 3, Judge Pos. 1 – Rich Melnick