Wico Co. state’s attorney candidates offer competing visions for county’s future

WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. – The race to be Wicomico County’s next state’s attorney is on. The candidates running are current Interim State’s Attorney Jamie Dykes and her challenger local attorney Seth Mitchell.

Both are hoping to take on the responsibility, make changes, and make our community a safer place to live in.

But how do they plan on doing that?

“If elected I will continue to make improvements upon the changes we’ve already made upon the office we are building here. That is getting experienced prosecutors and prosecutors that are not experienced that we are training them adequately,” explains Dykes.

Mitchell says, “I ran on a platform in 2010 of seeking justice, that doesn’t mean prosecute to the fullest extent of the law that means doing the just thing, sometimes that’s not prosecuting.”

A big difference between the two are their thoughts on reducing the prison population.

“Unequivocally, yes I don’t understand anyone who doesn’t think you can do that,” exclaims Mitchell.

But Dykes says, “I am reluctant to take any further steps to decrease populations without realizing the impact it will have on our communities.”

Their methods and opinions might be different, but both believe they are more than qualified to take on the job.

“I’ve done thousands of cases and I mean first chair and someone needs to be able to say to the rest of the staff, ‘here’s how you do it. Do you have any problems? Come to me. I love training people, I love teaching but I also love trying cases,” says Mitchell.

“My entire legal career has been spent protecting citizens of this county, all citizens of this county. I have successfully prosecuted 15 homicides and have had 70 felony jury trials,” exclaims Dykes.

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