Two candidates to replace Cincinnati chief prosecutor Mike Allen, who withdrew from the race because of a sex scandal, are running a write-in campaign, says the Cincinnati Enquirer. In a debate yesterday, Republican Joe Deters charged that Democrat Fanon Rucker lacks the experience to make the life-and-death decisions the office requires. Rucker retorted that Deters’ experience would lead to the same kind of controversy and scandals that plague the office today.
Deters, 47, was prosecutor for seven years before becoming Ohio’s treasurer. He touted the lower crime rates of the 1990s as proof he made a positive difference. He promised a tougher stance on violent crime, especially in death penalty cases. Rucker, 32, said he’d be tough, too. But he said his office would use “more discretion” in sending juveniles to adult court and in seeking the death penalty. He said Hamilton County, which leads the state in death row inmates with 43, puts too much emphasis on the ultimate penalty.