Boggs faces Phillips in prosecutor's race
Union County residents will mostly be voting for unopposed candidates in the Nov. 6 election, with the notable exception of the race for county prosecutor between incumbent Republican David Phillips and Independent Alison Boggs.
Phillips has been the Union County prosecutor for the past eight years.
If Boggs' name sounds familiar it should: she was the Union County prosecutor from 2000 to 2004. More recently, she has served as village solicitor in Magnetic Springs, Unionville Center and Woodstock.
Phillips said he would like an opportunity to build on his record as Union County prosecutor.
"I've been the Union County prosecutor for eight years and a prosecutor for 24 years and I would like a chance to continue my work keeping the county safe," he said.
"When my opponent was county prosecutor she litigated between 117 and 128 cases a year. We are prosecuting almost double that while maintaining our 95 percent conviction rate."
Boggs wondered if Phillips' litigation numbers weren't cause for concern.
"The prosecutor has a duty to seek justice, not just convictions," she wrote in the 2012 Dispatch Voters Guide. "I see injustices occurring by an office where the attitude is seeking convictions without respect for the law, the process and the people involved in the process."
Phillips said efficiency and thrift have been a hallmark of his tenure.
"When I first came on as county prosecutor the director of Jobs and Family Services asked us to take on the role of legal counsel for the agency and especially to oversee child support enforcement," he said.
"We cut the enforcement staff in half, from two attorneys and two staffers down to one attorney and one staffer who are accomplishing the same amount of work."
On her election website, Boggs describes herself as a "fiscal conservative" and said she believes "that government should intrude into our lives as little as possible. ... And, above all, government should respect the sacred rights granted to us in our Constitution."
Her vision for the prosecutor's office is "a place where fresh, new attorneys cut their teeth by getting real-world experience in a courtroom ... a place to mentor new attorneys and help them get the experience they need to move on to higher-paying positions ... should they choose to do so."
The prosecutor's office should not be a place, Boggs said, "where attorneys are paid at any level above what is needed to support the county's needs. A county attorney shouldn't have a private practice while collecting a full-time level salary from the county."
Phillips said he's particularly proud of the statewide work his office has done -- at the behest of then-state Attorney General Richard Cordray -- to protect senior citizens from neglect, abuse and exploitation.
"It's been very satisfying to help protect those most vulnerable in our county, seniors and children," Phillips said.
Boggs expressed concern in the Voters Guide that her opponent wasn't as interested in low profile cases as he was about cases that would generate publicity.
"There is a shortage of concern for any issue that does not get the prosecutor's name in the paper, such as following up on tax foreclosures," she wrote. "Money is not being collected during a time when money is tight for all government agencies. I will bring integrity and service back."