Veteran deputy prosecutor Mark Roe's backers charge that he's being shut out of the process for lack of political connections.
Some supporters of Seattle deputy city attorney and county
fire commissioner Jim Kenny counter that Roe's support from criminal justice colleagues amounts to cronyism.
Of the 156 votes cast by Democrat precinct committee officers, Kenny took 90 to Roe's
The party is upset that Roe
continues to lobby county
councilmen for the appointment.
has the right to do that, Phillips said it flies in the face of tradition and an implicit agreement that the candidates would respect the outcome of the vote.
In a Nov. 23 letter to councilmen, Roe
argued that the issue isn't that simple.
"You have a clear choice to make between a candidate with a prodigious public safety record and a party insider with much less experience, and none of it here in Snohomish County
has snagged endorsements from some Democratic politicians - notably Gov.
Among those who have written letters urging the council to appoint Roe
are members of the Snohomish County Deputy Sheriff's Association
, the union that represents deputy prosecutors in the county
, and the Snohomish County Sheriff and Police Chief's Association
, a group that represents all of the community's top law enforcement officers.
Family members of crime victims whose cases Roe has handled also have appeared at council meetings to speak on his
In addition, the Snohomish County Pubic Defender Association
has sent a letter of support signed by five of its most seasoned attorneys.
"Although we often disagree with him, Mr. Roe
is greatly respected by attorneys of our Association," the letter said.
Sheriff John Lovick urged Democratic precinct committee officers to support Kenny, but also signed on with the county's police chiefs in unanimously supporting Roe.
Roe has spent 22 years as a deputy prosecutor in Snohomish County.
case load has included murders, sexual assaults and determining whether charges are warranted against officers in police shootings.
He's also served as a supervisor, and for a time was the county's chief criminal deputy prosecutor, with responsibilities for hiring, firing and helping prepare the budget.
That was a "heresy of heresies" and a reason not to support Roe, longtime Democrat activist, Kent Hanson of Everett, told party faithful in an e-mail last month.
Councilman Dave Gossett wanted to interview Roe
and Kenny before choosing.
gets my vote
works hard for families affected by crime.
He fights hard for innocent victims and he is a natural leader.
got 65 in the face of that political advantage speaks volumes.
EVER. The reputation, experience, and law enforcement contacts Roe's
built up serving THIS community working the toughest cases, having made the toughest calls for YEARS upon YEARS already… that matters.
The person making the calls at the top needs that experience.
The top prosecutor spot is NOT ceremonial.
may not be in court much (if at all), but they need to take a firm hand behind the scenes making sure the hard cases stay on track, and are prosecuted ably and just.
You need that experience making the calls.
also got the support of the defense bar AND every police chief.
Think about that.
What that says about whether a person is able to do the job well and justly. (And to the extent the Sheriff
kinda, sorta half supported Kenny, then still signed off on the unanimous chiefs' endorsement of Roe
, that half support might be explainable by the fact Kenny helped on Lovick's campain.
I thought the process was over when it was revealed that Mr. Kenny had handily defeated Mr. Roe
Then I learned that Mr. Roe
refused to accept the will of the Snohomish County Democratic Party.
If Mr. Roe
refuses to accept the decision rendered by the party he
only pretends to belong to, then his
party will only pretend to support him when he's
up for re-election, should the County Council
also decide to ignore the will of the Snohomish County Democratic Party.
County criminal justice system what they thought of Mr. Roe
The response to the thought of Mr. Roe
as the Snohomish County Prosecutor was wholly underwhelming, and thus the decision was easy for me to make on November 14th.
- get with the program and withdraw your "candidacy".
If Mr. Roe
will lead as he
campaigns - mocking those who disagree with him, beating his
own chest, painting himself as the only voice that matters - then we're better off without him.
Support for Mr. Roe
by the associations representing our police chiefs and the deputies who protect us is being called cronyism by the Democrats.
Mark Roe has spent his career serving the citizens of Snohomish County in the prosecutors office.
opponent runs for office where he
finds an opening.
Mr Roe is an experienced prosecutor and administrator and appears to be the obvious choice over someone who has very little time prosecuting felonies.
It is relevant as to the head prosecutors experience in such a position, as organization, both public and private, benefits from having a general, CEO, sheriff, chief of police,head coach, whatever, who has first earned his
stripes in the trenches, whether it be with the organization he
is tapped to lead or with another, similar, organization.
Mr Roe serves Snohomish County for 22 years and then gets screwed over by his own party for a party insider with virtually no real experience.
The clear choice for SnoCo PA is Mark Roe
lives and breathes Snohomish County
It is a community that he
serves, lives, works, volunteers and understands.
is a strong voice for Snohomish County
, in part, not only does he
reside and work within the community in which he
serves, but his
strong leadership ability stretches far beyond the courtroom.
Not only is Mark Roe
a strong, refreshing voice for Prosecuting Attorney but his
20 plus years experience in the field speaks volumes in terms of political clout.
If by having the respect of those he
works with and the endorsements of first responders and other executive leaders is somehow a political downfall... than Mark Roe
is our guy!
Listen to the community....