By: James Gherardi and Russ McQuaid
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 4, 2014)-- Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry and Sheriff John Layton took the stage at the Westin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis to declare their Election Night victories.
Curry beat his Republican challenger Duane Merchant by 20 points while Layton’s victory margin over former federal agent Emmitt Carney was only slightly smaller.
The victories were a bright spot in otherwise conservative central Indiana where Republican candidates generally held sway.
“This is a Democrat town!” Party Chairman Joel Miller shouted to a cheering crowd.
Curry’s re-election caps his first four-year term which was highlighted by the conviction of an IMPD officer for a fatal motorcycle crash and faces the dilemma of a skyrocketing murder rate.
“It has been 114 years since a Democrat has served two terms at the Marion County Prosecutor,” said Curry. “That streak ended tonight.”
“Our biggest challenge was to restore trust and confidence at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office,” who followed the scandal-plagued regime of predecessor Carl Brizzi. “Mission accomplished.
“We face significant public safety issues. We are not intimidated and look forward to facing the public safety issues that we have.”
Curry urged the crowd to seize the moment in 2015 and “take back the 25th floor” in next year’s mayoral election.
Layton’s victory was tempered by the pre-election weekend release of a convicted sex offender from the Marion County Jail due a mistake by court staff and the failure of the sheriff’s employees to double check the inmate’s file.
Republicans said nearly two dozen offenders have escaped or been released by mistake on Layton’s watch.
“People from both counties came together to give us the best law enforcement in Marion County,” said an emotional Layton, who gave a shout out to former Sheriff Frank Anderson and late Sheriff Jack Cottey.
“I know Jack’s here.”
“We’re gonna go back to work tomorrow,” said Layton who referred to his law enforcement partners at IMPD and Public Safety Director Troy Riggs.
Curry issued the following statement:
We have many accomplishments from these past 4 years in office of which we can be proud. We have restored public confidence in the Prosecutor’s Office by strengthening our ties to the communities we serve and demonstrating time and again that no one is above the law. We have endeavored to bring to justice those in positions of trust who harm those they are sworn to protect and those who perpetrate financial scams against the most vulnerable. We have aggressively pursued the most dangerous of criminals by participating in strategic efforts with agencies across countless disciplines. We have returned professionalism to the way our office conducts itself. And we’re just getting started.
We face challenges in our pursuit of justice but we continue to meet them head on. We work diligently with our police partners to address the immediate needs of residents as well as the complicated root causes of crime in our neighborhoods. We sit with our neighbors and listen to their concerns about violence on their streets. We are committed to doing our part in helping young people choose a path not associated with crime and violence but instead with opportunity. We advocate for victims of abuse, neglect and violence, helping them to find courage in their own voices. And we promise to continue approaching each day with the strong resolve to make a difference in just one life so that we may better the city we serve.
I am privileged to have the opportunity to continue serving the citizens of Marion County and alongside the great men and women working at the Prosecutor’s Office. I enthusiastically look forward to all we will accomplish over the next four years and I am honored to be your prosecutor.