RUTLAND - Katie Smith of Rutland announced she is running for the position of Rutland County State's Attorney. She is running in the Republican primary race scheduled for vote on Aug. 24. Smith has been engaged in the practice of criminal law, including experience in Rutland County at the Vermont State's Attorney's Office and at the Public Defender's Office, for the past decade.
Smith said she believes the state's attorney, who is the chief law enforcement officer in the county, needs to work with local police to ensure public safety.
"Crime is a hindrance to the community-to the safety and well being of community members and to the businesses trying to succeed in this difficult economy. The state's attorney needs to focus on accountability; accountability both for those who commit crime and accountability within the office for those who prosecute those crimes."
When asked why she chose to return to run in the Republican primary race for Rutland County State's Attorney she said, "Rutland County has a lot to offer. I am dedicated to returning it to its vitality and to making it a drug free, crime free community. I want people to want to remain in Rutland County, to raise families, to send their children to school and to open businesses. I have a vision of safe neighborhood communities where we all work together to improve the county and one another's quality of life."