District Attorney's Race Remains Heated
The District Attorney race between Greg Winters and David Cooke has become one of the most heated this election cycle. WGXA sat down with both candidates to find out why that's the case.
"I just think its become more uncomfortable for Mr. Winters to talk about his own record. Once it became apparent that in the kinds of crimes that affect our families the most, that he's dismissed roughly 90% of them, he has something to answer for." -David Cooke
Cooke has accused Winters of being soft on crime citing 87 cases including 8 rapes. Winters calls that list incomplete.
" In a number of those cases the allegations were shown to be false. So obviously when law enforcement tells us those are false allegations, and in some of those cases no arrests were ever made, in my opinion I should not prosecute somebody." -Greg Winters
Another issue has been the source of the numbers being used by Cooke
"They come straight off his website." -David Cooke
"That information is not correct and he continually says its my website, its my website, he can't look at my website, he doesn't have access to my website." -Greg Winters
We cannot independently verify the accuracy of the numbers. Once Winters came into office he transitioned to a new case management system I that is not accessable by the public.
Ultimately the decision on who will serve as District Attorney will be for the voters to decide this coming Tuesday
"Look, this is not about who we are as people. This is about who we want to protect out families" -David Cooke
"I've stood upon my record the entire time.And I have a record and a proven record." -Greg Winters