2013-02-09 / Front Page

Watson will seek second term as DA

Potter County District Attorney Andy J. Watson, who is in the middle of trying a second murder trial in three years, is seeking a second term. He’ll be a candidate in the May 21 Municipal Primary Election.

Watson, who is now in his fourth year as D.A, said he remains dedicated to “tough, but fair, prosecution.”

“It has been my honor to serve and there is no other job I would rather do,” Watson said. “Protecting the citizens of Potter County, especially our children, from sex offenders and drug dealers is my passion and I have dedicated my offifice to pursuing harsh mandatory minimums on such offenders whenever the law permits me to do so.

However, I’ve also been a strong supporter of new programs and initiatives that focus on alternative sentencing options and intense counseling for non-violent offenders who demonstrate a sincere desire for rehabilitation and take responsibility for their criminal actions. This is especially true for people in need of drug and alcohol counseling.”

These programs and initiatives reduce the number of inmates at the jail, Watson noted, with the ultimate goal of rehabilitating offenders so that they become more productive members of the community.

In addition to his regular responsibilities as the county’s chief law enforcement offificer, Watson serves on the Potter County Criminal Justice Administrative Board, DUI Specialty Court Advisory Committee, Drug and Alcohol Advisory Committee, Potter County Offifice of Aging Advisory Committee, Teen Challenge Advisory Committee, Drug Task Force Committee, and the Potter County Victims Services Policy Board.

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