BUSINESS AS USUAL ISN’T WORKING
Rarely a day goes by that the residents of Chautauqua County are not confronted with stories of crime and violence in our local newspapers and on our radio stations. Robberies, sexual assaults, shootings, drug labs, and our escalating narcotics problem are now common occurrences throughout Chautauqua County. Our law enforcement agencies work tirelessly to protect all of us in a very challenging financial environment. Critical to law enforcement’s ultimate success is a District Attorney’s Office that will adapt to the spike in crime, led by a tough District Attorney who knows that the safety of the public is paramount. Our success in holding offenders accountable, and stopping the revolving jail door in Chautauqua County will not be accomplished by the same tired and outdated practices of the past several decades. It is this failure to adapt to a changing crime environment that has put us in the position we find ourselves in today.
Jason Schmidt is the only candidate for District Attorney with extensive trial experience both as a prosecutor and defense attorney. His experience in both of these positions gives him unique insight into the weaknesses that currently exist in the District Attorney’s Office. His policy proposals detailed on this website will bring the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office into the 21st century, but just as important they will make all of us safer and create a partnership between law enforcement and the District Attorney’s Office that will be a model of efficiency and success in Chautauqua County that we can all be proud of.