It’s assumed in many circles that Monroe county district attorney Sandra Doorley is unopposed in her re-election bid. That’s actually not the case.
Candice Baker-Leit is her Democratic challenger. Baker-Leit’s name was originally put on the ballot as a placeholder — until the Democratic party could find a replacement. A replacement was never found. Now Baker-Leit, a former assistant public defender in Pennsylvania, is the official candidate.
“I’m here as an alternative to the present candidate. If they’re at all concerned about checks and balances within Monroe County, I would say I’m the candidate to vote for,” Baker-Leit says.
Incumbent Doorley was once a Democrat herself, but recently switched over to the Republican side.
Doorley says Baker-Leit is too inexperienced saying, “The position of District Attorney and chief law enforcement for Monroe County is a very serious job. Our office has over 140 employees, 80 attorneys, and a $14.5 million budget. We handle approximately 25,000 misdemeanor and felony cases a year. It’s a very serious job, and I believe that the person who leads the office, should have the experience.”