Thursday April 4, 2013

LUCIAN McCARTY

and EMILY DONOHUE

The Saratogian

JACKSON -- Rep. Tony Jordan is running for Washington County District Attorney, he announced Wednesday.

The three-term Assemblyman currently represents the 113th Assembly District which includes the eastern half of Saratoga County, including Saratoga Springs, and the southwestern half of Washington County.

Fellow Republican Kevin C. Kortright is currently the Washington County District Attorney. It was not immediately clear if Kortright plans to run again. He did not return a request for comment.

Jordan won re-election to his Assembly seat in November, beating Round Lake Democrat Carrier Woerner.

If he wins the DA race in November, his seat in the Assembly would be vacated at the end of the year, halfway through his two-year term.

Saratoga County GOP Chair John Herrick said that would mean a special election, likely in March 2014 to fill the remainder of the two-year term.

"Then the person would need to turn around and run again in November," he said.

Herrick said he would "definitely be involved" in finding a candidate to replace Jordan in the Assembly if he is successful in the campaign and he has already been contacted by people interested in the job.

"It’s very preliminary," he said, adding that it will be a decision to make after the results of the November election. "We can’t put the cart before the horse."

Jordan said his decision started with last year’s redistricting process when he found himself representing more of Saratoga County and less of Washington County, where he lives.

He said running for the Assembly in the first place "boiled down to a commitment and love for Washington County" and wanted a position that would allow him to represent the entire county.

However, Jordan also took aim at Kortright in a press release Wednesday.

"The residents of Washington County deserve a District Attorney who will stand up for justice and ensure a fair and impartial legal system for all. It’s time to be tough on crime, which means prosecuting criminals, along with a return to victim advocacy so that this office represents the people of this county once again," he said.

Jordan served as an Assistant District Attorney for 4-1/2 years, finishing his service under Kortright in 2008 when the DA made the part-time ADA position full-time. Later that year Jordan was elected to the Assembly.

Over the last few years, though, he said he has been increasingly approached by residents in Washington County who are dissatisfied with the current DA.

Jordan said as DA, he would immediately institute new prosecution procedures to streamline cases and improve coordination from arrest to prosecution. He also said he would hire back a victim’s advocate he said the county lost because of a failure of the DA’s office to file appropriate paperwork to obtain state funding for the position.