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DA announces re-election bid

February 9, 2010
By MICHAEL ANICH, The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN - Republican Fulton County District Attorney Louise K. Sira is seeking re-election to another four-year term.

Fulton County Republican Committee Chairwoman Susan McNeil announced Sira's plans at the 50th annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Monday at the Holiday Inn.

The district attorney post - currently paying $119,800 annually - is the only countywide position up this year in Fulton County.

Sira, who was appointed acting district attorney in 2002 and first elected in 2003, said Monday she looks forward to four more years in office.

"This will be my third term," Sira said. "It's still an incredibly rewarding way to serve the county."

In 1996, Sira was appointed first assistant district attorney, assuming a supervisory role over other assistants and handling a large felony caseload.

A news release said that "while her career affords her an optimal role in the criminal justice field, it is how she manages that role that demonstrates that her greater course is one that serves other people with her intelligence and great compassion, human kindness and service in support of their needs."

Her work has included formation of the Fulton County Violent Crime and Drug Task Force, her chairmanship of the Domestic Violence Task Force, and coordination of the Child Abuse Investigation Team to meet state guidelines. She created new affiliations with the Office of Fire Prevention and Control, local fire departments and the state Insurance Frauds Bureau.

Sira has been the primary advocate, over the past year or more, in creating a child advocacy center in Fulton County, the news release said.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at



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