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D.A. race among most contentious in region

Posted at: 10/28/2013 5:56 PM
Updated at: 10/28/2013 7:07 PM
By: Mark Mulholland

Kevin Kortright (left) Tony Jordan (right)
Kevin Kortright (left) Tony Jordan (right)
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FORT EDWARD - Kevin Kortright is the first to admit he doesn't like to run for office.

"I suck as a politician," he said. "I've never been good at it. I say what I think is right. I do what I think is right."

The Washington County District Attorney says that's what makes him a good prosecutor.

"I have the most experience of anybody that's ever held this position."

Kortright was an assistant D.A. For 16 years before he was first elected District Attorney eight years ago.

Now the 53-year-old husband and father of one is in for the fight of his political life against state Assemblyman Tony Jordan, R - Jackson.

"I feel as District Attorney I can make a very real difference in the lives of people in Washington County in a very real way," said Jordan.

Jordan says Kortright's office lacks managerial oversight and attention to detail and criminals have gone free because of it.

"When you have a lack of oversight, attention to detail, criminals aren't held accountable. Victims are victimized again. That's something that must stop and that's what we plan to do."

But Kortright fires back that Jordan, who was a part-time assistant D.A. before he ran for Assembly has little experience, and has never prosecuted a trial.

"In this race, people are going to have a choice between a professional prosecutor and a professional politician," said Kortright.

Jordan who grew up in Warren County and has raised his family in Washington County, says he's no professional politician.

"I'm not an Albany insider. I'm not an Albany politician. We've worked hard to clean up Albany."