POMEROY — Growing up in Meigs County, James Stanley believes he will bring his understanding of the area to the office of Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney.
Stanley is a graduate of Meigs High School and said he has spent all of his life in Meigs County, except for his college years.
After receiving a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Ohio University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Akron School of Law, he accepted a position with the Athens City Prosecutor, where he has prosecuted more than 8,000 criminal cases.
“Meigs County is my home and I want send a message to those who manufacture and bring drugs into the community, and to repeat offenders, that Meigs County is not the place they can come to create a drug culture,” Stanley said. “I want them to understand that it is not acceptable to bring drugs into the county, that this is not a haven for dealers and users, and that they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
“We need to change the way people think, to pressure users to get they help they need,” he said. “Having an impact on the drug problem is not easy, but we need to be proactive if we are to solve the issues of substance abuse.”
Stanley’s approach to combating criminal behavior is to start with community organizations. His plan is to reach out to the villages and townships with meetings and forums to discuss the issues and help people better understand how the prosecutor’s office can help people before they become offenders.
“To eradicate the drug population and discourage criminal activities, I would make law enforcement and the prosecutor’s office more proactive with programs that will provide a place for people to go for help before they have committed a crime,” he said. “Our law enforcement agencies in the county are doing a great job with investigations and arrests, and I want to involve them in tackling the problem, along with the prosecutor’s office, before it begins.”
Stanley lives in Bedford Township with his daughter and serves on several community boards. He is a regular volunteer with the Poverty Prevention Legal Clinic and coaches his daughter’s soccer team.
“I hope people would look at me as someone who is part of the community. I love Meigs and plan to live here the rest of my life. I’m dedicated to the county,” he said. “I do understand the situations with which residents are confronted. My friends and family members are affected by the very issues I’m trying to fix. I can share my stories and build trust with the community.”
The county prosecutor’s office handles felony cases, and in Meigs, also handles municipal court cases. Stanley is being challenged by incumbent Republican candidate Colleen Williams for the nomination.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.