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”.