Cumberland County District Attorney and Republican Attorney General Candidate, David Freed, visited Wayne County, as part of his campaign trail for the upcoming election.
-Cumberland County District Attorney and Republican Attorney General Candidate, David Freed, visited Wayne County, as part of his campaign trail for the upcoming election.
Area citizens went to Cordaro's Restaurant for a breakfast, to show their support of Freed.
"Dave is an exceptional candidate with 15 years of experience in prosecuting," says Mike Lehutsky, former District Attorney for Wayne County, and current Chairman of the County Republican Party. "He is married and has three kids. They are a terrific family."
Freed has been the District Attorney for Cumberland County since 2006. He is a Republican state committee Commonwealth member, a Republican state committee judicial evaluation panel member, and a surrogate speaker for numerous statewide Republican candidates.
Elected officials including Gov. Tom Corbett, Lieutenant Gov. Jim Cawley, Sen. Pat Toomey, and former Gov. Tom Ridge, are among his endorsers.
"I'm pleased with how the campaign is going," says Freed. "I'm thrilled with the grassroot support and the response when I go out in the public."
He talked about some of the plans he has if he's elected as Attorney General.
"One of the first things I want to do is establish a special victim's unit and to hire a victim advocate to be the voice for victims. I think it's something that we really need," Freed states. "I also want the department to be a leader in fighting against synthetic drugs and bath salts. Even with bans, people reformulate them and they're right back on the streets. With drugs like heroine we have a basic idea of the effects on people, but with bath salts it's harder because the reactions are all over.
"The frightening thing about substances is that it's easier for the youth to get their hands on them. We can't be afraid to do highway interdiction either. We can combat issues like these if we work together. Our biggest issue is lack of resources."
Freed wants to protect children, help senior citizens, fight synthetic drugs and substances, and protect our rights, among other goals he has. He says that time and manpower are the only thing holding us back. As an example for protecting children, he used child pornography.
"The sentences need to be more serious for child porn," Freed says. "We need to protect our most precious."
Another issue he mentioned was financial fraud against seniors.
"As the population ages and more become dependent, there are opportunities out there and there are people who will take advantage of that," he explains. "When we prosecute those cases, we not only have to show how money or assets were taken, but also where they went to."
Freed says that the numbers are where they usually are for this election, and that the race is wide open. He also stated that it's the toughest Attorney General race anyone has ever had and he likes the way it's going.
"It was a true pleasure to be here today," Freed states. "Thanks for being here. The grassroots are the reason we win these races."
After leaving Honesdale, Freed went to Scranton and Hazleton then ended up in Philadelphia that night. He continued with Harrisburg, State College and Allentown Thursday. Today he is in Pittsburgh.