Moniteau County looks for fresh start with prosecutor candidates

1 year 9 months 1 week ago Wednesday, September 26 2018 Sep 26, 2018 Wednesday, September 26, 2018 4:57:00 PM CDT September 26, 2018 in News
By: Connor Snelson, KOMU 8 Reporter
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MONITEAU - Two candidates have filed to run for Moniteau County prosecuting attorney, to replace Shayne Healea, who resigned after he was convicted of crashing into Addison's restaurant while driving while intoxicated.

The Moniteau County Republican Central Committee chose Mary K. Lutz as the GOP candidate.

The Democratic party chose not to nominate a candidate.

Bryan Wolford filed to run as a write-in.

Healea had been set to run unopposed for reelection, but stepped down as part of a plea agreement with the Missouri attorney general’s office.

Healea backed his vehicle into Addison's in 2014, and left the parking lot.

Lutz said her background gives her the skills needed by Moniteau County.

“I have 31 years of experience in the practice of law in Moniteau County. In that it’s extensive experience in cases in state courts, appellate courts, federal courts, and I’ve argued a case in front of the Missouri Supreme Court. It’s extensive experience,” she said.

Lutz has lived in Moniteau County since 1969 and said she's committed to its justice system.

“I’ve been involved in the community for years. I’ve raised my family here. I have a great interest here in Moniteau County and protecting its citizens. I think it’s very important that you be able to work well with others. I’ve practiced law for 31 years in this county,” she said.

Wolford operates a private law practice and works as Jefferson City’s associates counselor. He said his approach could make a great difference for Moniteau County.

“The caseload that the Moniteau County prosecutor's office has is phenomenal. I’ve always approached my law practice with a lot of energy and vigor and representing my clients tirelessly. I’ve got the energy, I’ve got the organization, and I can manage the office how it needs to be run,” he said.

Wolford said he would explore new programs.

“There are some changes I’d like to see implemented. Other circuits have implemented things like drug courts, veterans court, DWI courts. These are an alternative court system for certain offenders who qualify but have certain issues that may not be best served by locking them up.” he said.

The election will be Nov. 6.

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