Dear Lake County residents, you may have seen one of five or more mails sent by my opponent. He spends thousands and thousands of dollars and uses every political tactic in his bottomless bag of tricks to buy your vote. He’ll spend more than me, that’s for sure, but I don’t think he’ll outsmart the voters.
Direct mail is a common way for candidates for public office to reach voters. In Lake County, most candidates stick to the facts, relying on their experience and education to build trust between themselves and voters.
Sometimes a candidate will fall low – using deception, making outrageous promises they can’t keep, and making claims about their opponents they can’t prove.
One need only see one of the many letters my opponent has sent to voters to know that he is such a candidate.
I have said in forums, in my own letters, and in various media interviews that criminal law experience is an absolute requirement to effectively run the district attorney’s office.
I served in the district attorney’s office for 29 years, the last three and a half years as your district attorney.
In 2020, COVID-19 has hit our courts hard, limiting and delaying the number of cases that can be brought to court. Despite this circumstance, we continued to prosecute criminals and conduct jury trials.
This week alone, two extremely difficult cases have been concluded. A man who sexually assaulted and supplied a teenager with a controlled substance has been sentenced to 16 years in prison. In another case, a drunk driver was convicted of manslaughter and will serve 10 years in prison.
Our small team of prosecutors work hard to bring criminals to justice – day in and day out – that’s work.
Throughout the campaign, I asked you to compare my record with my opponent. I asked for your vote based on my experience. As one person recently said, the focus of this election should be on getting the job done – not some manufactured version of it. I ask you to consider this and the facts below as well.
Fact: I have literally prosecuted thousands of criminals; pleaded criminal cases before juries more than a hundred times and imprisoned numerous violent criminals for many years. My adversary has never taken a single criminal before a jury or sent a single criminal to jail. He has no experience in criminal jury trials.
Reality: I have years of experience supervising prosecutors and mentoring and training junior lawyers. My opponent has no experience supervising prosecutors.
Fact: The job of the district attorney is to prosecute criminal offenses for the public. I have dedicated my career to this profession. My opponent has no such experience. He never prosecuted anyone because he was never a prosecutor. To be a prosecutor, you are sworn in by the district attorney to uphold the United States and state constitutions. He never took that oath.
When you consider your vote choice for district attorney, you, the voters, cast the chief attorney. Do you want to hire someone with 29 years of work experience or do you want to hire a novice?
When the rubber meets the road, the only thing that matters is real, relevant experience. No matter how hard my opponent tries to convince you he has it or what political tactic he pulls out of his bag of tricks, he’s not the most qualified person for the job and he can’t deliver on his promises .
Making laws, changing the constitution, defunding the police, that’s the job of legislators – not the district attorney. He is running for the wrong job, because being a politician is the only job he knows.
In closing, I would like to thank everyone who has come out in favor of my support, who has given me their support and who has contributed to my campaign for re-election.
I’m on the June 7 ballot for District Attorney and I respectfully request your vote.
Susan Krones is seeking re-election as Lake County District Attorney. She lives in Lakeport, California.