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September 27, 2012

Election 2012: Attorney general candidate touts experience

NEW CASTLE — David Freed sees experience as the biggest difference between him and his opponent for Pennsylvania attorney general.

Freed is currently in his seventh year as district attorney in Cumberland County. Before that he had been first assistant district attorney since 2001.

Campaigning in Lawrence County yesterday, Freed, a Republican, said the Democratic candidate, Kathleen Kane, had been an assistant district attorney.

“That’s where hers (experience) ends,” he said.

“It’s my name on the bottom line. I’ve had to make those gut decisions, tough decisions assistants don’t have to make.”

Freed, 42, said his philosophy as attorney general will be “to ensure a level playing field,” and not to pick winners and losers.

“You violate the law, you’ll have an issue with me.”

Freed said he has three immediate priorities.

The first is to establish a unit for special victims — children and the elderly — that will include attorneys, agents and a victim advocate.

The second will be dealing with technology and cyber crimes and the third will be tackling the problem of synthetic drugs, referred to as bath salts.

These drugs “are particularly dangerous,” he said, because people’s reactions to them are “all over the place.” The drugs are sold over the counter, Freed said, adding that “a young person doesn’t need to know a drug dealer.”

He said he is going to work to get these drugs off the street. For a district attorney that is a tough assignment, but the attorney general has the resources and is able to get the federal authorities involved.

Freed and his wife, Amy, have a son, 11, and two daughters, 9 and 6.

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