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The depth and diversity of her background sets Angela "Spence" Pacheco apart from her opponents running for district attorney, she said during an editorial board meeting at the Monitor Friday.
Pacheco spent 13 years in social work that includes working with adolescent girls at Casa Mesita in Los Alamos. She went back to school and with law degree in hand, became assistant city attorney of Santa Fe, was a prosecutor under retiring District Attorney Henry Valdez and is currently the city attorney of Espaola.
"Both professions deal with problem solving," Pacheco said. "As a prosecutor, you have a lot of power and you have to be very careful how you use that power."
Some people clearly need to be separated from society, she said, but in other cases, for whatever the reason, something unusual has happened in a person's life and a prosecutor can work with him or her and make a positive difference.
"It's not so much about being sympathetic but more about being compassionate," Pacheco said.
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