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Wharton D.A. candidate Ross Kurtz promises leadership if elected

By Camille Doty
July 18, 2012 at 2:18 a.m.

Republican Ross Kurtz, 38, is seeking the Wharton County District Attorney's office. Kurtz is a Wharton County Assistant District Attorney. He will run against John Roades. The winner of this race will be unopposed in November.

MEET ROSS KURTZ

•  38

•  Wharton County Assistant District Attorney

•  El Campo

Note on profiles

Editor's note: The runoff elections for the Democratic and Republic party primaries are July 31. Early voting begins Monday and ends July 27. The local candidates in the runoffs will be profiled in the coming days. Today's profiles are candidates for the Republican nomination for Wharton County District Attorney. The winner will not have a Democratic Party opponent in the November election.

Also on the Republican ballot

• Shannon Srubar

• Craig Howell

Ross Kurtz wants to continue to work alongside law enforcement to ensure justice for those who have been victims of crime, if elected district attorney in Wharton County.

The current office holder, Josh McCown, will retire at the end of his term in December.

Kurtz, 38, said he is qualified based on his experience as the lead prosecutor in more than 60 trials. He has also supervised the intake and prosecution of more than 3,000 felony cases.

"I have secured more convictions than any other assistant district attorney in Wharton County history," he said.

Kurtz said he has never represented a single criminal, and never will, unlike his opponent.

Kurtz, who lives in El Campo, said he will continue to work around the clock reviewing cases, attending search warrants with police, and responding all hours of the day and night to crime scenes and drug busts, and will try dozens of cases each year in the pursuit of justice.

The assistant district attorney said he has 10 times more experience than his opponent at trying felony cases.

Kurtz says his leadership experience also included serving as an Air Force security forces officer in Iraq, where he was in charge of developing and implementing the nationwide customs program responsible for all 130,000 U.S. troops.

Kurtz, who was first in charge of the district attorney's office budget in 2011, said he has reduced county expenditures by almost $70,000 by seizing and using drug dealers' money while maintaining the office funds efficiently.

"I have the trust and support of the law enforcement community here in Wharton County," he said.

Former El Campo Police Chief Jim Elliott said he publicly endorses Kurtz. The two worked together until Elliott's retirement in 2009.

Elliott, who served as the police chief for 28 years, said Kurtz did an excellent job handling the felony cases.

"I've worked with both candidates and I just feel Kurtz is more qualified for this position," said Elliott.

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