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May 2004
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Prosecutor Mary Beth Kur to Seek Re-Election

Prosecutor Mary Beth Kur has announced her intention to seek her third term of office. Prosecutor Kur, 41, of Charlevoix began her service in the Charlevoix County Prosecutor's office in 1993. She will run as a Republican.

“Our goal in the Prosecutor's Office is to continue providing aggressive, but fair, prosecution of criminals, while staying within the budget set for us by the Board of Commissioners,” Kur said. During her tenure as Prosecutor she has turned back $134,000 in unused funds to the County's general fund. She has received the endorsement of five of the six Charlevoix County Commissioners.

Kur's office was one of only four in Michigan chosen for a pilot project in conjunction with Attorney General Mike Cox. The grant-funded project is aimed at reducing domestic violence. Grant monies have resulted in the hiring of a Special Assistant Attorney General for Charlevoix County, Mike Findlay, who specializes in domestic violence prosecution.

Prosecutor Kur has recently been recognized for her work in the prosecution of domestic violence by Governor Granholm, who appointed her to the Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board. Kur is also a Board member of the Northern Michigan Child Abuse Council. She has been elected by her peers to serve on the Board of Directors of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan.

Kur=s trial work consists of an array of high-profile, complex felony cases, as well as many cases in the District and Family Courts. In her entire career as a trial lawyer, she has never had a conviction reversed by an appeals court.

“Over the past 11 years, I have been a successful advocate in court for crime victims, for children who have been neglected or abused, and for all the citizens of Charlevoix County,” Kur explained. “I want to continue my service to the public, because we make a difference. While we cannot undo the effects of a violent crime, a conviction can give victims some peace of mind and allow them to move ahead with life. Being a part of that process is very gratifying to me.”

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