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May 4, 2014

Voter's guide: Tipton County candidates

Thomas Lett, Republican incumbent, Judge of Circuit Court

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Lett has served as judge of the 36th Judicial Court since 2003. Prior to that, he served for four years as the county’s prosecutor. Served as county attorney from 1995-99. He has practiced law in Tipton since 1985.

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Lett currently serves as the co-chair on the county’s jail feasibility study and as chairman on the community corrections board.

“The only thing a judge is supposed to do is be fair and impartial. I’d like to develop and encourage other service providers to locate in Tipton to provide services like counseling. We don’t have a center for drug and alcohol [treatment] or domestic violence in the county. I would like to work more on that and try to provide services for people who go through the court, instead of having to go outside the community.”

Jay Rich, Republican incumbent, county prosecutor

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Rich is currently serving his third four-year term as elected prosecutor after first being elected in 2002. He previously operated his own private practice while serving as the county’s chief deputy prosecutor for the two previous prosecutors.

Rich has been married to his wife, Monica, for 21 years. They have two children.

Rich is a member of Lions Club and the Moose Lodge in Tipton.

“I think in general, as the prosecutor, you want to do whatever you can to make sure justice is done in every way, once it reaches the office. I’m a firm believer of listening and learning, and that applies across the board to everything we’re dealing with. Something that all prosecutors are facing coming up is the criminal code revision and reform, which could be a challenge to all of us in the criminal justice system.”

Gregg Townsend, Republican, County Auditor

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