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Two enter race for Essex County District Attorney's seat

For example, he said, Garcia requires her ADAs to run cases through her before a disposition can be reached.

"That takes the DAs focus off the more important cases," Barrett said. "She should trust these people to make their own decisions, because they are certainly trustworthy."

Barrett also said he would refocus the priorities of the DA's office and said he would change the practice of standardizing cases.

"A rigid stance of prosecuting under black and white rules doesn't always work. Each case needs to be looked at on its merits," he said.

Garcia said she's looking forward to discussing these issues with her constituents before November's general election.

Garcia earned the Republican endorsement in the last election and went on to beat Sprague and former Essex County ADA Debra Whitson in the September primary.

Sprague then dropped out of the general election race, and Garcia defeated Whitson by the tally of 7,331 to 4,690. She took office on Jan. 1, 2006.

A 1981 graduate of Moriah Central School, Garcia earned her bachelor's degree from Siena College, where she graduated cum laude, and her law degree from Albany Law School.

She was a prosecutor for district attorneys in Suffolk and Rensselaer counties, and also worked for the Saratoga County District Attorney's Office.

She currently resides in Westport with her three nieces.

A graduate of St. Lawrence University and 2004 graduate of Syracuse Law School, Barrett interned in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and the Violent Crimes Division of the United States Attorney's Office.

He became licensed to practice law in Florida, but moved back home following a divorce and has lived in Lake Placid since.

Sprague has been an assistant DA in Clinton County since November 1998.

She graduated from Albany Law School in 1998. A 1990 graduate of Moriah Central School, she also received degrees from SUNY Albany and Plattsburgh State.

Although she and her husband, Steve Trow, currently reside in Clinton County with their two children, Sprague said they would move to Essex County should she win the DA seat here.

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