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Police PAC endorses Montford for DA

Friday, March 7, 2008 by Austin Monitor

The Austin Police Association Political Action Committee decided Thursday to endorse Mindy Montford, one of two Assistant District Attorneys still in the running to replace retiring District Attorney Ronnie Earle in 2009.

 

Montford will face Rosemary Lehmberg in the April 8 runoff. The APA PAC had initially endorsed Gary Cobb, who came in third in Tuesday’s primary. Lehmberg led with 36 percent of the vote, followed by Montford with about 31 percent.

 

Wuthipong Tantaksinanukij, chair of the APA PAC, told In Fact Daily, “The Austin Police Association PAC is very excited about endorsing Mindy Montford to be the next Travis County District Attorney. We welcome her energy level and fresh eyes,” on the office. Asked specifically why the political action committee had chosen Montford, Tantaksinanukij said police officers are tired of some of the old-fashioned systems still in use in the District Attorney’s office. For example, he said officers should be able to find out the disposition of their cases online. The current system requires officers to search through duplicate paper forms that are cumbersome and sometimes difficult to decipher.

 

He said Montford would provide 24-hour intake services and make sure that police officers have training in how to make their cases better.

 

Lehmberg, who has Earle’s endorsement, said the APA PAC did not contact her after Tuesday’s primary to discuss an endorsement. She added that the PAC endorsement “does not mean the line officers” favor Montford’s election.

 

Jack Kirfman of AFSCME reminded us that the Austin Firefighters PAC has already endorsed Montford as a member union of the Central Labor Council in the endorsements in January. The result being Montford now holds the “Public Safety Endorsement” as well as the “Labor Endorsement”.

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