DALLAS - Stan Butterfield of Dallas has announced his candidacy for district attorney, vowing to bring a more aggressive approach to prosecution of crime in Polk County.
Butterfield, 49, is a local trial attorney. He made his announcement speech on the courthouse steps over the weekend as about 100 onlookers gathered.
He cited local law enforcement officers' frequent criticism of the district attorney's office as the key reason for his run. "I wish to empower our law enforcement agencies in Dallas, Monmouth, Independence and Salem," Butterfield said.
There is no lack of crime in Polk County, but there is "a philosophy of prosecution that is not as aggressive as it could be," he said.
Butterfield, a native of Vancouver, Wash., served a term as a Washington state legislator in the 1980s, then had an 11-year career with the U.S. Department of Justice as a training instructor, legal liaison and public information officer. In 2003 he earned a law degree from Willamette University, and for four years has been a trial lawyer in Polk County.
"I don't need to be brought up to speed on our current status - I'm in the Polk County criminal courts every day," he said.
John Fisher, district attorney since 1999, has not said whether he will seek another term. The office is a non-partisan position.