Pubdate: Mon, 01 May 2006
Source: Daily Iowan, The (IA Edu)
Copyright: 2006 The Daily Iowan
Author: Lindsey Erceg


I have met Nick Maybanks, Democratic candidate for county attorney, 
and I am convinced he is the best choice for county attorney in the 
upcoming Democratic primary. Nick has reached out to college students 
and young people in his campaign. The county attorney is the chief 
law-enforcement officer for Johnson County. Nick has a vast amount of 
experience prosecuting all types of crimes, including domestic abuse, 
child abuse, and other violent crimes. He has also prosecuted drug 
and alcohol offenses.

Nick believes that the criminal system is too focused on the 
prosecution of low-level drug and alcohol offenses and that these 
offenses can be diverted from the system through court-diversion 
programs, so we can focus more on violent crime. These programs would 
emphasize community service, treatment, or education and a six-month 
probationary period. Offenders would be allowed to earn charges off 
their records. Nick is concerned that one of five UI students leave 
Johnson County with a criminal record and believes it is time for a change.

Please vote early on campus before you leave for the summer. I am 
casting my vote for Nick Maybanks for county attorney.

Lindsey Erceg

UI junior 
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