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CANTON — The Republican candidate for St. Lawrence County district attorney said she is renewing her challenge to District Attorney Nicole M. Duve to a debate to discuss each other’s qualifications and records following the incumbent prosecutor’s comments Friday at the county Democratic Committee’s fall dinner.

“The only issue that matters in this campaign is getting justice for victims and putting criminals in jail,” Mary E. Rain said. “I have a record of success; my opponent has a record of failure.”

Ms. Duve told the crowd of Democratic party faithful Friday night she had remained focused on the day-to-day duties of her office and had opted to stay out of any engagement of partisan politics as her opponent has criticized her record for the past several months.

“During that time I’ve been subjected to a steady drum beat of inaccurate and politically motivated charges by my opponent. Thus far I’ve held my tongue. Thus far I haven’t engaged in a conversation about our respective work ethics or anyone’s tenure as public defender. Thus far I haven’t engaged in a conversation about dragging victims or their families into the middle of a political campaign. And thus far I haven’t engaged in a conversation about temperament,” Mrs. Duve told the assembled Democrats.

“But let me tell you this: entrusting an individual with the substantial investigative powers of the district attorney’s office, including subpoena power, is an incredibly serious matter,” Mrs. Duve said. “Folks, in short, temperament matters in this job.”

Ms. Rain is taking aim at Ms. Duve’s record, calling her opponent’s time in office “incompetent, disorganized and ineffective.”

Ms. Rain said that since 2008 St. Lawrence County has had 444 cases dismissed, 10 acquittals at trial and 267 reductions on felony cases alone.

“My opponent is desperately trying to distract the voters from her terrible job performance as district attorney,” Ms. Rain said. “All volunteers who attend my rallies and events, including former victims, law enforcement, firefighters, attorneys and citizens seeking justice, all know my opponent’s dismal performance while in office must end.”

Ms. Rain said that as DA, she will offer the county “fast-track felonies,” and ensure “swift justice” by using technology to improve the office’s efficiency.

“If any of you, your spouse, your child, your parent, your loved one is a victim of crime tonight, who would you want prosecuting your case?” Ms. Rain said. “My opponent may forget about your case, fail to indict the criminals responsible, or drop the ball at trial. I think about it every day, and that is why I ran for district attorney.”

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