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April 1, 2013

Early bids entered in 2014 Clark County prosecutor race

CLARK COUNTY — Clark County residents can expect a new chief prosecutor to be elected next year. 

Clark County Prosecutor Steve Stewart has recently said that he will not seek reelection in the 2014 election.

Stewart has served as the prosecutor in Clark County since 1989 and is the longest-serving prosecuting attorney in the county’s history.

Those vying to fill his seat include Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull, who is running as a Republican, and Clark County Democratic Party chairman and attorney  Bob Bottorff.

Bottorff, a Clark County native, said he would build on the office’s relationship with members of area law enforcement agencies and implement a training program for the staff of deputy prosecutors.

Bottorff served as a prosecuting attorney in Clark County from 2006 to early 2009. He took the job under Stewart after working three years as a prosecuting attorney in St. Joseph County in Northern Indiana.

He said his experience working in two different prosecutor’s offices has given him a unique perspective that he would draw from as Clark County prosecutor.

“Having worked in two different offices, it gives me an idea of things that worked in one and didn’t work in another,” he said.

As a prosecuting attorney, Bottorff has had experience prosecuting low-level misdemeanors, domestic violence, sex abuse and drug-related crimes.

“You have to have that experience in doing a criminal case and a working criminal case and multiple varieties of criminal cases. You have got to have that experience to properly analyze a criminal matter, whether or not it is a matter you have to prosecute really vigorously, or something you shouldn’t be spending the public resources on,” he said.

Bottorff has been employed with Jeffersonville law firm Applegate, Fifer & Pulliam since leaving the Clark County prosecutor’s office.

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