County DA is seeking reelection

JOHNSTOWN — Republican Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown on Friday announced his intention to run for re-election to another four-year term.

In a news release, he said that for the past four years as the Fulton County’s chief law enforcement officer, he has “worked to ensure that criminals are properly held accountable so that Fulton County residents can feel justice is done on their behalf.”

“While we are in a time when the laws seem to make it tougher to hold people accountable for their actions, District Attorney Brown has strived to put the office in a position to be ready for any changes,” the release said. “The district attorney has worked with local law enforcement to make sure the prosecutors were ready for the changes to the discovery laws months before the law went into effect.”

Even with “overreaching, so-called bail reforms,” the release said Brown put plans in place so law enforcement was prepared for as many situations as possible.

Brown stated in the release: “As district attorney, I have worked and will continue to work so that law abiding Fulton County residents feel the criminal justice system is working to protect and prevent from those who would commit crimes and to properly punish those who do commit crimes.”

The district attorney began interning at the Fulton County Courthouse under current County Court Judge Polly Hoye in the late ’90s. Brown spent a few years working as an attorney under Hoye and 14 years working with Fulton County Court Judge Louise Sira when she was a district attorney.

Brown was Sira’s first assistant DA for several years before she became a judge. He was later appointed acting DA, and then named the official DA, a position he has served in since 2016.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.