Salazar in fight for safer tomorrow

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By Carol A. Clark

A.J. Salazar promises if elected First Judicial district attorney to be tough on criminals and to support victim’s rights. The decorated combat veteran has served two tours of duty in Iraq and is a captain in the United States Army Reserve.

“After I’m elected, I want to hold a Public Safety Summit for the region,” he said during an editorial board meeting this morning at the Monitor. “I want to bring police, citizenry, treatment providers and media all to the same table to discuss the issues.”

Salazar, 41, of Alcalde, has been chief deputy district attorney since 2005 in the Española office where he supervises two attorneys.

He cites his leadership in the military, where he was responsible for the lives of others, to his leadership during 14 years in the DA’s Office handling budgetary concerns and administrative matters as reasons he will be an effective DA.

He mentioned advocating open communications between the DA’s Office and the media and designating a contact person who will provide information as the law allows.

Salazar also explained that he does not advocate taking members of the media to court but does expect them to do the right thing when it comes to alerting law enforcement of knowledge of any impending threats of violence.

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