I just left the meeting that picked the Democratic Party’s nominee for district attorney.

I am not a political person, but I went with an open mind to hear both candidates at the request of a close friend.

Without question, Alan Kelley was the better person to protect us and our families from people who break into our home, assault us, or drive dangerously and hurt us or our family.

The person who won was a woman who maximized her experiences. She’s done this for two years, this for a couple of years, etc., and she’s a lifelong Democrat.

Big deal.

The Kennebec and Somerset district attorney has nothing to do with party affiliation after the election. Experience is the only concern.

Kelley has been prosecuting cases for 33 years. When he began, Maeghan Maloney was only 8 years old.

She was nominated, though, and would prosecute people who break into houses and use knives to assault or kill or arsonists who have been in trouble for 30-plus years.

She would get many calls in the middle of the night from police officers looking for advice. Would she be able to give it?

My advice for Maloney is to keep every assistant district attorney she has if she wins in November and learn from them.


Dennis Dacus


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