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Sprague claims win in Essex County DA Race

She'll also be working to get up to speed on some of the cases slated to be tried in January, such as the homicide case facing Michael Smith for his alleged fatal shooting of Leo Hickey in a hunting accident last fall.

Garcia has already submitted a proposed 2010 budget for the District Attorney's office. The budget is still subject to change, however, as the Essex County Board of Supervisors works to finalize it in the coming weeks.

"I'm sure if Kristy wants to make any changes, the board would be amenable to the changes she suggests," said Garcia.

Garcia expressed appreciation for the support she's received in the race and said she was proud of her campaign, despite the loss.

"I feel wholeheartedly that, although we didn't come out on top, it was a very successful campaign on many different levels," she said.

Her future at this point remains unclear, but Garcia said she is optimistic given the record of the District Attorney's office during her term.

"I want to thank all the people who worked so hard on the campaign," said Garcia, "and I want to thank the people of Essex County for giving me the privilege of serving them over these past four years. It's been an experience that's been very rewarding."

Still, the rewards of victory await Sprague, who also expressed gratitude to those who helped her attain it.

"I want to thank all my supporters, and especially the voters, for sticking with me through this long and trying election," said Sprague. "I couldn't have done it without them."

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