So we have Burke and his record of do nothing plea bargains and his letting a drug dealer have her county job back, and a slap on the wrist for another government official who stole from the community.
There was also the 10-year plea offer given to a triple murderer. Was that also about not having enough money to prosecute. $700,000 plus a year budget, but thinks it's too expensive to pay for an airplane ticket and a hotel room to have a witness come testify to ensure justice is done.
Then there is Mark McClain, who put the drug dealing county employee in prison, and got a conviction and an 88-year sentence for a murderer. More importantly, every police officer and chief of police has told us that they want someone else to partner with. Who is in a better position to help us know how to vote for those who have worked with both of these men.
And look at the experience McClain brings: County Commissioner, business owner, lawyer doing land use and civil practice, and prosecutor. McClain also serves his community everywhere he goes. Here, McClain has taught at the police officer reserve academy, officiated local sports, and is a member of the Elks. And while in Ellensburg, McClain served on the board of Directors for Rotary and HopeSource, a social service agency. McClain also served as a police officer and professor at Central Washington University while working as a Deputy Prosecutor.
A couple of the Letters to the Editor claim McClain is new to the community and we should vote Burke because he has been here. But been here and done what? He does nothing in our community, doesn't take a caseload, doesn't take cases to trial, and worse, still isn't in the office to serve the elected and appointed county officials, but instead is out during the day campaigning. Then there are the photos of him sleeping in court. Is he just too tired from campaigning and watching others work to do his job? Sure seems like it.
This year the choice is clear. McClain has my vote. Vote positive 2014. Vote McClain for prosecutor.