Champaign Co. Prosecutor (Rep)
All candidates were asked this question: Within the context of the elected office you are seeking, what is the most important issue facing your community and what would you do to address it?
Alice L. Robinson-Bond
Bio: A career prosecutor with 25+ years as an Assistant Prosecutor and Assistant Attorney General, Alice tried over 100 jury trials; lead the Ohio Attorney General’s Victim and Child Abuse Units; and frequently trains prosecutors and police on best practices.
Answer: Trafficking in heroin is our largest challenge. Addiction destroys one’s spirit; wrecks marriages; and can lead to child neglect. It often results in burglaries and gun crimes to find money for drugs. As Prosecutor, I will fight the stranglehold that heroin has on our community by seeking treatment for first time users; pursuing long prison terms for traffickers; and making it too expensive to sell opiates here by forfeiting dealers’ cars, electronics, property, and cash.
Kevin S. Talebi
Bio: A former Assistant County Prosecutor and graduate of The Ohio State University, Mr. Talebi resides in Champaign County with his wife and 3 children. He is a Past President of the County Bar Association, Chamber of Commerce and MHDAS Board.
Answer: Our community has seen an increase in violent crime and a rise in theft offenses directly related to the trafficking of illegal drugs. As County Prosecutor, I will aggressively pursue drug dealers and will work closely with law enforcement to remove drug traffickers from our community. As a former Assistant Prosecutor in Champaign County, I have an established working relationship with our local law enforcement officers and an understanding of the challenges facing our community.
Cathy J. Welthman
Bio: Married to Terry Hart. Resident of Urbana, Oh since 1979. 33 year private and public law practice in Champaign County serving as Assistant County, Municipal Court Prosecutor, and Champaign County Municipal Magistrate. Education: BA Miami University, JD University of Dayton.
Answer: The Champaign County Prosecuting Attorney acts as the legal counsel for Champaign County, Ohio in all criminal and civil matters and therefore is the direct voice for the County.
The duty of the Prosecutor is special. That duty is to seek justice. The most visible job of any prosecutor is prosecution in both criminal and civil matters. I will strive to maintain an open office for all Champaign County residents while seeking justice for all.