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Vote for Truden

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Dear Editor:I’ve lived in this valley for nearly 20 years. I’ve raised two children, been a firefighter, a sheriff’s deputy for six years, an assistant junior high football coach, a volunteer, etc.Because of my interest in this entire valley and my background, I pay a great deal of attention to many careers in this valley from politics to law enforcement to the progress of many young students and athletes.Recognizing past efforts and realizing future potential are key ingredients in assessing people for any position, and that is why I give my full support to Colleen Truden for the district attorney’s office.Her diverse resume is most impressive, and talk about someone with great potential! I can tell you from firsthand experience that Colleen is very sharp, well prepared when she goes to court, and is a very good administrator. (And yes, surprisingly to some, there is a lot of administration that comes with the job of DA. For anyone who doesn’t understand this, all business, education and government require administration to be successful.)Yes, Colleen will try some cases, but will advise on several others. In addition, her strength will help redirect TRIDENT and law enforcement where her predecessors have failed miserably. And rather than just calling it quits, she will have the strength to get them back to demanding the highest quality of themselves.I have also had the opportunity to see both candidates in action during my time as a sheriff’s deputy in the corrections division. A good portion of my job was spent taking inmates to the courts, at which time I had the experience of seeing many lawyers in action.Colleen has both her head and her heart in her job. She is high quality and high caliber. She has compassion while being very direct. I ask everyone up and down the valley to please vote for Colleen Truden. Don’t squander a great opportunity!Mark JandaNew Castle


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