Candidates try to sway voters at State's Attorney debate - – Rockford’s News Leader

Candidates try to sway voters at Winn. Co. State's Attorney debate


We've already told you about the issues important to Winnebago County State's Attorney candidates.

Wednesday night, members of the public got their chance to ask questions, at least through a moderator.

Both Democratic incumbent candidate Joe Bruscato and Republican candidate Glen Weber did what they could to sway the crowd of future voters. 15-year Rockford resident Kevin McCarthy knows what he's looking for in a state's attorney.

"With the crime rate that seems to be going up, something really needs to be done." -says McCarthy.

He thinks the relationship between a state's attorney and the police department is critical, and wanted to see more from the current state's attorney in the last four years.

"I just wish that his prosecution record was stronger, because that's where you deter crime, with strength."

For McCarthy, it's really about protecting this area's youth from that criminal behavior.

"When it comes to drugs, when it comes to violence, when it comes to gangs, that's all a big concern in keeping the kids away from that." -he says.

Those on Joe Bruscato's campaign staff say Bruscato's made improvements, but they are not content with what's been accomplished. However, they believe he's got what citizens expect from their top lawyer.

"They're looking for someone who's going to carry out justice, someone who's going to serve the office with integrity and professionalism." -says campaign manager Tom McNamara.

Wednesday's debate was held at Rockford College's Fischer Chapel.

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