WASHINGTON COUNTY, N.Y. -- The race for Washington County District Attorney between incumbent Kevin Kortright and challenger Tony Jordan has drawn attention after both candidates began bitterly attacking the others records, but on Tuesday voters will finally be able to decide which D.A. they want going forward.
Kortright is switching parties in an effort to get another term in office after county republicans chose not to endorse him this time around, instead supporting current Assemblyman Tony Jordan. This forced Kortright to seek the Democratic nomination. He has spent the better part of the last 25 years working in parts of the district attorney's office, becoming D.A. in 2005.
Newcomer and current state assemblyman Tony Jordan says he's tried to campaign fair.
"What we've attempted to do is keep it focused on the issues," he says,
But current District Attorney Kevin Kortright says recent attacks on his record are unjust.
"Going against a professional politician, and Albany politician, we're not used to that up in Washington County," he says.
Jordan says his time in Albany hasn't played any role in his campaign.
"The people we've used to assist us, have been all local people, all Washington County people," he says.
But Jordan has accused Kortright of not being the leader needed for the job.
"One of the things we've heard consistently is a concern with the lack of attention to detail and really accountability," he says.
He says Kortright has allowed 11 cases to be dismissed in the last four years due to failure to prosecute timely.
"That's 11 victims who will go without some form of justice," he says.
But Kortright says his record speaks for itself.
"I have done more trials I have more convictions, I've done more grand juries, more appeals than anybody else," he says.
And that when it comes to experience, that's something he accuses Jordan of not having.
"He's never tried a case, how are you going to be DA when you've never tried a case?" said Kortright.
If Kortright wins on Tuesday, he will elected to his third term in office after already serving for eight years. If Jordan wins, he will be elected to his first term serving as district attorney.