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Sprague has two police endorsements

September 12, 2009
By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer

Kristy Sprague has been endorsed by the Lake Placid and state police Troop B Police Benevolent Associations in her run for Essex County district attorney.

Sprague, the chief assistant DA in Clinton County, contacted both agencies seeking their endorsement, meeting with the Lake Placid police and submitting a letter to the state police listing her credentials. She had not yet received the written endorsements as of Wednesday, but she said they had indicated it was due to her 11 years of prosecutorial experience and good relations with law enforcement.

Incumbent Julie Garcia said she didn't seek any police endorsements as she doesn't think law enforcement agencies should endorse. She said she didn't think the endorsements would make a difference, noting that Debra Whitson, whom she defeated in the 2005 election, had the endorsements of most of the county's law-enforcement agencies.

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Kristy Sprague
(Enterprise file photo — Jessica Collier)

Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne said he doesn't plan to endorse.

"I work well with Julie, and I work well with Kristy," Champagne said.

Champagne said the state District Attorneys Association is debating whether DAs should be allowed to endorse candidates, a discussion that started when Eliot Spitzer endorsed numerous candidates when he was the state attorney general.

"That seemed to fly in the face of our ethics rules," Champagne said.

Champagne said he preferred, instead of endorsing, to allow DAs to state how a candidate has acted on public-safety and law-enforcement issues over his or her career.



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