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Now that Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice has made it official that she will seek re-election rather than run for county executive, the question becomes who the Democrats might put up. Stay tuned.

Here's Rice's full announcement as sent out this morning to supporters:

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In 2005, I chose to run for public office for the first time in my life because I felt I had the energy and ideas to make a difference in a county I care so much about. Nearly two terms later, I’m proud to have kept my promises and to have helped the district attorney’s office become one of the most professional, independent and innovative prosecutor's offices in the nation.

While our strides have been bold and our progress steady, I believe I have more to contribute to an office that we all rely upon to protect our families and to ensure the integrity of the criminal justice system. That’s why I’m so excited to announce my candidacy for a third term as Nassau County’s district attorney.
Our work over the last two terms is something we can be proud of.

Our office has become a national leader in the fight against drunk and drugged-driving. We’ve cut plea-bargaining and toughened prosecutions of violent criminals and cyber predators. We’ve gone after corrupt officials who abuse the public’s trust, and we've recovered millions of dollars of misused taxpayer money. Our community and school education programs have received widespread praise and our efforts to help rehabilitate nonviolent offenders and reduce recidivism have put our office on the forefront of the criminal justice reform movement.

We’ve done all this as nonpolitical, independent prosecutors not guided by fear or favor, but instead by what’s right and what’s wrong. If you give me the opportunity to continue my public service as your district attorney, I can promise that you will get more of the same independence that has become the hallmark of our time in office. And you will always know where I stand on the issues.

My top priorities for a third term are clear:

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I will to continue to crack down on violent and cyber crime.

I will redouble investigative efforts targeting those who steal from taxpayers or abuse the public’s trust.

I will help lead local and state reform of the juvenile justice system so that we can reduce recidivism and redirect nonviolent teen offenders to paths of prosperity.

I will fight to get illegal guns off our streets and I will lobby Albany and Washington for sensible gun-control laws.

I will continue to push for reforms that better safeguard the integrity of our criminal justice system.

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I need your help to make sure that the progress that has improved the safety of Nassau County families continues. If you share my belief in the importance of keeping the office in the hands of prosecutors who are committed to innovation and independence, then please take a moment to contribute to our campaign (link below), forward this email to your circle of contacts, or visit our website, Facebook or Twitter accounts using the links below. Additionally, our first event of 2013 is next Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City.

As a homicide prosecutor, as an assistant U.S. attorney, and as Nassau County’s district attorney, I have spent my entire life advocating for victims of crime and for reforms that make our criminal justice system more effective. I ask for your support so that we can build on our successes and continue to make Nassau County a safer, more prosperous place for us all.


Kathleen Rice