In the race for Fayette County Attorney the primary is the general, so now is the time to vote
Long-time Fayette County Attorney Larry Roberts is facing his first challenger since taking the office in 2006. His opponent, former councilwoman Angela Evans, is casting herself as the more forward-looking candidate.
While Roberts is campaigning on his experience and touting a record creating what he calls "one of the best and most innovative" County Attorney's offices in the nation, Evans says it's time for a "new model of prosecuting cases" that reduces recidivism and takes into account root causes, such as substance abuse and mental health issues.
A former public defender, Evans is calling for greater transparency, especially when it comes to who is being placed in diversion programs. Evans told WKYT's Newsmakers she's interested in "expanding that and looking into that and seeing if we're being really equitable in that area."
Roberts argued on the same program that his office gives everyone a fair shake.
"Nobody gets culled from a program in my office because of their race or religion or gender, nobody," the incumbent said. "So we treat everybody fairly. We've never got a complaint."
The outcome of Tuesday's primary between Roberts and Evans, both Democrats, is expected to determine the ultimate winner of the office, as no Republicans are on the ballot.