Veteran prosecutor Jared Effler delivered his petition with over 500 signatures to the election administrators in Campbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Scott and Union counties, putting him on the ballot for the Aug. 7 election for 8th District Attorney General.
Effler has a 14-year record as a successful criminal prosecutor. Among his accomplishments are six first degree murder jury convictions, being a team member of local, state and federal authorities that dismantled the largest illegal prescription drug distribution ring in the history of the 8th Judicial District, as well as numerous other convictions in serious crimes.
“Prosecuting criminals that prey upon the innocent is my passion; it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do,” said Effler.
“An effective, efficient effort to prosecute criminals is the cornerstone of deterrence. As District Attorney I will use my hands on experience to refocus our office on this primary task,” he added.
Effler is pledging to establish a permanent office in each of the 8th District’s five counties and ensure staffing that is aligned with community needs and holds the confidence of local law enforcement.
“I will personally maintain an active caseload in each county. This will better enable me to monitor crime trends and maintain close relationships with crime victims and law enforcement in ALL counties,” Effler stated.
Currently, Union and Fentress counties do not have full time offices, despite over 20 persons being stationed in Scott County in two different offices.
“Citizens, crime victims and law enforcement in each county deserve a full time office and they should not be required to travel outside their county when they need to meet with someone from the District Attorney’s office,” Effler maintained. “The current situation reflects neither efficient nor effective management.”
Looking forward to the campaign, Effler promised that voters would be given a clear choice in August.
“I think it is fair for the people of the 8th Judicial District to ask if they would be better served by an accessible, experienced prosecutor who will be representing them daily in the courtroom.”
In addition, Effler pointed to additional changes he would make in the District Attorney’s office.
“As District Attorney I will personally be involved in all vehicular homicides and murder cases; as well as adopt a “no plea bargain” policy for those offenders charged with the manufacture of methamphetamine,” Effler said. “I have no fear of going into the courtroom and presenting the State’s case to a jury of 12 citizens. It will be our goal to make communities safer by putting violent offenders behind bars and offer a deterrent by sending the message to criminals that there are tough consequences for breaking our laws.”
For more information about Effler, visit his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Effler4DA.