CJ: Voters Guide for County Attorney

BRENT ACKERSON

Age: 45

Address: 406 Browns Lane, Louisville

Occupation: Metro Councilman and attorney

Political posts: Louisville Metro Council

Education: Bachelor’s, University of Louisville; law degree, University of Akron

Contact: brentackerson@gmail.com

Why are you the most qualified candidate running for this office? We’ve had the same county attorney for 10 years. Crime in this city is getting worse. Murder rates and youth violence have been on the rise for years. Our current county attorney offers no new solutions. It’s time for a change and a 21st-century approach to these problems.

If elected, what would be your top priority? Implement new programs and policies to work to address/reduce crime. Expand restorative justice programs and work to clean up legal records to get people back to work. Expand services from downtown out into the community. End the unethical practice of public employees being pressured to contribute money to political campaigns.

MIKE O’CONNELL

Age: 68

Address: 204 Pleasantview Ave., Louisville

Occupation: Jefferson County attorney

Political posts: Jefferson District and Circuit court judge, 10 years

Education: Bachelor’s, Xavier University; law degree, University of Notre Dame

Contact:www.countyattorneymike.com; info@countyattorneymike.com

Why are you the most qualified candidate running for this office? I am the only candidate who has served as a judge, the only candidate who has ever prosecuted a case, and the only candidate who has managed a law firm of 128 attorneys and a staff of 335.

If elected, what would be your top priority? The opioid crisis fuels the bulk of crime in our city. We have to hold those responsible to account, but we also have to provide more help for those struggling with addiction. That’s why I push for programs that help those in need like Veteran’s Treatment Court and Casey’s Law.

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