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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

District Attorney Watson Announces Intent to Run for Re-election

District Attorney Watson Announces Intent to Run for Re-election
Potter County District Attorney, Andy J. Watson, has announced that he will seek re-election for another four-year term in the May 21, 2013 primary election. Mr. Watson was elected as District Attorney in the 2009 General Election and took office in January 2010. In the past three years as District Attorney, Mr. Watson has dedicated himself to tough but fair prosecution. 


In addition to being the county prosecutor, Mr. Watson serves on the following committees:

1. Potter County Criminal Justice Administrative Board (CJAB)
2. DUI Specialty Court Advisory Committee
3. Drug and Alcohol Advisory Committee
4. Potter County Human Services Office of Aging Advisory Committee
5. Teen Challenge (A Drug & Alcohol Counseling Program) Advisory Committee
6. Potter County Law Enforcement / Drug Task Force Committee
7. Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG) and Rights and Service Act (RASA) Grant Administration Supervisor
8. Potter County Victims Services Policy Board

Mr. Watson stated “It has been my honor to serve my home county as District Attorney these past three years and there is no other job I would rather do. Protecting the citizens of Potter County, especially our children, from sex offenders and drug dealers is my passion and I have dedicated my office 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, thus, saving the taxpayers money and focus on effective rehabilitation of the offenders to reduce recidivism and to ensure that when they complete their sentences they become more productive members of the community. 

I truly believe that my job is not only to ensure that dangerous offenders are incarcerated, but that it is just as important to do my best to ensure that offenders get the treatment and rehabilitative services they need and to care what they do with their lives after they serve their sentences”.

He went on to say “I sincerely appreciated everyone’s support in the 2009 primary and general elections and would appreciate your continued support on May 21, 2013”.

27 comments :

Anonymous said...

Don't have my vote

Anonymous said...

Mr. Watson, you are an asset to this community. We are fortunate to have someone with such ambition and enthusiasm as District Attorney. Thank you for working so hard for the community. I look forward to your continued service.

Anonymous said...

Sure as heck dont have mine. He lies. If he doesn't like you he will screw you even if its a "non-violent" offense!! I've seen it happen with several people. And the people that deserve time dont get it because they have a good name.! He is corrupt. As well as the whole system. Ross is soo much better then he will ever be. He doesn't judge anyone no matter who they are. And he rather help people then make them worse by locking them up an throwing away the key. If anyone should be DA it would be ross not Andy. As for giving the treatment the people need yeah right like I stated if he doesn't like you he does not care about them and does not want to help when they want it. So he throws them in jail. He has made deals with numerous people at crimal conferences then when they get to court all of a sudden the paper work is lost an they get screwed harder. I'm sure I'm not the only one that feels this way especially when you've had a loved one get screwed. One day you people will see his true colors.

Anonymous said...

Rubber Stamp Andy!

Anonymous said...

#2 Don't have my vote

Anonymous said...

Well if he does not have your vote then you must have come in front of him on the wrong side of the law. This is the best District Attorney this county has ever had. The previous 2 DAs should probably have come in front of him, those 2 were all BS and did nothing for the county.

Anonymous said...

I AGREE WITH POST 9:18:00,9:41:00, 9:55:00. TO POST 10:01:00, I PERSONALLY HAVE NEVER WENT INFRONT OF WATSON AND NEVER BEEN INTO TROUBLE. BUT I CAN TELL YOU THIS THOUGH, I PERSONALLY KNOW HE IS ONE CRICKED PERSON. HE DOES LIE, HE DOES MAKE PROMISES THAT NEVER HAPPEN. JUST WAIT YOU WILL SEE IT SOONER OR LATER.. HE MAY BE HE APPLE OF YOUR EYE NOW BUT YOU WILL SEE.

Anonymous said...

He is just way to power hungry!Vote him out now Potter Co.He doesn't desrve this job!He thinks his poop don't stink.Well I'm hear to tell you it does.Way stronger than the average person.We need to bring in someone whom hears and understands both sides.Not just burn burn burn you filthy scum criminal mentality that Andy has.

Anonymous said...

Rubber Stamp Andy You Do not have my vote!!!! You support your police officers when you know they are lieing. You refile charges when they have been dropped. Your ethics are shakey. NO Andy its time for you to go. Along with some of the good old boy cops with gastopo type tactics you support. TIME TO GO!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

do not need him in

Anonymous said...

get him out of office we do not need him he is no good in there he was a little good when he was asst.da then he got da and now he is power hunger i now him real good

Anonymous said...

He obviously has the criminal element up in arms. That must be an indicator that he's doing his job well. 9:41 & 10:55, are you for real??? I didn't see a collective intelligent comment between the two of you. Whether or not Watson likes someone is irrelevant. I have not seen a single indicator that he has been any more favorable to someone he likes as opposed to someone he doesn't. In fact, how would you or I know who he likes and who he doesn't? It's not like he takes out a full page ad in the paper stating "Joe Schmoe is a putz so I'm throwing the book at him". I cannot address the accusation that he is "cricked" as I cannot find a definition for that particular word in the dictionary. Further, if the person making that comment has never been prosecuted by Watson, how, pray tell, does he know PERSONALLY that he makes promises he doesn't keep? God forbid someone actually does their job and follows the letter of the law as they took an oath to do. I'll break this down Barney-style for you & even use crayon if I need to: SURPRISE!!!! The DA & PSP are bound by the same laws we are...they simply enforce those laws, they DO NOT determine what the mandatory minimums are for sentencing, and they DO NOT impose the sentences. If they do their jobs properly you whine & if they don't you whine....you can't have it both ways...so suck it up cupcakes, in my opinion Watson IS the right man for the job whether or not we personally agree with the outcome or each and every case or not.

Anonymous said...

I have to admit that I am morbidly curious as to how the poster at 12:04 knows that Andy Watson's poop smells worse than the average person's and, what he/she would do with the "filty scum criminals" as he/she so elloquently calls them? Things that make you go hhhhmmmm.

Anonymous said...

You personally know....oh shut the hell up. The guy is doing a great job and I hope he does get reelected. Maybe the nay-sayers will be that much more afraid to commit a crime if they think the system might "screw" them. Criminals get way too many breaks as it is.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget, felons can't vote, so the majority of writers here and the scum of Potter County don't count in the election.

Anonymous said...

To post 12:30:00, why dont you look something up befor you post it. In the state on Pennsylvania a person with a felony can vote as long as their incarseration is over with. So the so called scum bags and felon's have the right to vote. I hope those people don't out weight you good law obiding citizen you all claim to be.

Anonymous said...

First of all, Andy is running unopposed.
Second, he does an excellent job and he is 100 percent dedicated to the job.
One criticism that's valid is his failure to follow through on his campaign pledge to not accept his full salary, which is around $170,000 a year.
But based on how he does the job, in my opinion he deserves to keep it.
Myself and my family will vote for Andy in May.

Anonymous said...

to the poster at 1:48 I seem to recall an aricle in the Leader saying he wasn't allowed to make that concession and accept a partial salary...just sayin'

Anonymous said...

It isn't a job where you make friends easily, if you do it well. I'm sure he's aware of that. The negative comments were made by those who probably have no idea how the legal system works. It isn't always the fault of the DA if you don't get what you want. I would vote for him again if I lived in Potter County.

Anonymous said...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 10:01:00 PM EST i never been in front of him i have seen how he work's
mr ross has my vote andy lies even about his salary come on people vote for ross he is a good man
people don't like people that lie

Anonymous said...

I didn't know mr Ross was running?

Anonymous said...

even if he wasn't i wish he wold ross is one hell of a man

Anonymous said...

GO ANDY!!!! You have my vote.

Signed,

Thunder Chicken.

Anonymous said...

i say 'whatever' to all of you, because hes running unopposed. if you dont vote for him, he will win. if you do vote for him, he will win. save your breath for when you really need it, when one of his rat squad names you to get out of doing time.

Anonymous said...

I have decided to only read those posts that contain proper punctuation and grammar. That eliminates about 90% and I generally agree with what the remaining 10% has to say. GO ANDY! Thanks for supporting your hometown.

Anonymous said...

I myself have never been in front of Andy but I do know people that have and if he does not like you he will put the screws to you. I know people that went to be sentenced on the same offense one gets all kinds of time the others get a slap on the hand. No vote here.

Anonymous said...

I'm noticing the people that are opposed to Andy's re-election bid are the ones with poor sentence structure, grammar and spelling. Hm...makes you wonder! ;-)

Go Andy. You'll have our vote. I sat on two juries and I didn't see a bit of the traits that the nay-sayers are referring to.