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Candidates for Kalamazoo County Prosecutor

Jeffrey S. Getting, incumbent

Age 52, married to Kris Getting, three children, Kalamazoo County Prosecutor, 2013-present; Getting Law Offices, 1998-2012; Kalamazoo County Assistant Prosecutor, 1990-1998. Member, Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM), Board of Directors, 2014-present; PAAM Legislative Committee; PAAM Best Practices Initiative; Prevention Works, Board of Directors; Kalamazoo County Elder Abuse Coalition Member; Kalamazoo Probation Enhancement Program (KPEP) Board of Directors.

“I am running for reelection to continue serving the people of Kalamazoo County as the prosecuting attorney. Kalamazoo County is a great place to live and we can make it even better for every person. We need a prosecutor who is both tough and smart on crime. We need a prosecutor who recognizes that dangerous criminals must be held accountable while offering access to problem-solving courts for nonviolent offenders to reduce recidivism rates. Under my leadership, Kalamazoo County has enhanced the prosecution of dangerous criminals and expanded the reach of problem-solving courts to reduce recidivism rates. We must continue the work we’ve started.”

E. Dorphine Payne

Graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School, an experienced litigator, published author and qualified administrator; married for 50 years to her best friend, Vernon; and at 69 years young, mother of three and grandmother of eight.

“I believe that convicting criminals and vigorously fighting for victims has been the prosecutor’s minimum job requirement. I seek to do this and more, by also focusing on youth crime prevention; expanding the presence of the Prosecutor’s office to the neighborhoods; and working to reduce our $1.9 billion Michigan mass incarceration tax burden. There exists a divide between the citizens of Kalamazoo County and the criminal justice system. That divide is so great that it impacts the safety of the community and the police. It is for this reason I am running for Kalamazoo County Prosecutor. I am the bridge to that divide; and as prosecutor, I will be a unifying force in our community.”

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