You Decide 2017: Schuylkill County District Attorney race


The Schuylkill County District Attorney wants re-elected.

But her opponent says her record is working in his favor.

On Tuesday, voters will decide between Republican incumbent Christine Holman and her Democratic opponent Mike O'Pake.

And both are pointing out the others' flaws before election day.

Holman believes there's been a lot of improvement in Schuylkill County since she took over as District Attorney in 2014.

She says some of her biggest accomplishments include 11 drugs raids resulting in more than 200 arrests, leading the fight to eliminate blight, and getting criminals off the streets.

"I inherited about 400 bench warrants when I came into office in '14. We're maybe now up to 900 and some. But what I want the public to know is that each month that number is being reduced by 100,” Holman said.

Holman is running against attorney Mike O'Pake, a former part-time assistant district attorney and public defender who now runs his own firm.

He says the number of outstanding bench warrants in the county is concerning.

"It had to get somehow from 150 to a thousand. And that jump of 850 people happened on her administration,” O’Pake said.

O'Pake says he has a plan to bring that number down.

"I will make sure sufficient personnel is dedicated to the sole task of bringing those 1-thousand people to justice and make sure they answer for their crimes,” he added.

Holman says her experience and accomplishments as district attorney makes her more qualified.

"I don't know that my opponent has really made any announcement about what he intends to do for Schuylkill County, other than has criticized me. So, put your money where your mouth is,” she said.

O'Pake says there's a back log of cases in the county waiting to go to trial, resulting in over-population at the Schuylkill County prison.

"If I'm elected district attorney, I will help alleviate that problem in Schuylkill County, so that we're not paying over a million dollars per year to house our inmates at other facilities."

Election Day is Tuesday, November 7th.

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