ELLSWORTH — Local attorney Steven Juskewitch is running as an unenrolled candidate for the office of District 7 district attorney, which prosecutes cases in Hancock and Washington counties.
The term of current District Attorney Matt Foster expires in November. Foster is seeking re-election as a Republican.
“I am the November candidate for district attorney in Hancock and Washington counties because I can do a better job,” Juskewitch said in a press release. “I have successfully prosecuted more serious felony trials than all of the current prosecutors combined. I am experienced and motivated.”
The Dedham resident worked as a prosecutor in Cumberland County before serving as an assistant district attorney and deputy district attorney in Hancock and Washington counties.
“My skills and experience will reduce the number of crime victims in Hancock and Washington counties by coordinating police-prosecutor investigations and training programs; fully integrating drug courts; focusing on early juvenile intervention with family support and counseling services; utilizing drug rehabilitation programs which recognize and treat mental, emotional and addiction issues; and deterring crime with timely consequences and firm sentences which recognize the injury caused to crime victims,” Juskewitch stated. “The drug problem is a health crisis; the war is on the drug dealers.
“I understand a district attorney’s obligations and responsibilities: protecting citizens and representing the police,” Juskewitch said. “It is challenging, hard work and I have the experience and sound judgment it requires.”
As an unenrolled candidate, Juskewitch had to obtain 300 signatures to be placed on the November ballot.
“Twice as many as a regular party candidate,” Juskewitch said. The signatures had to be filed with the Maine Secretary of State’s Office by Friday, June 1.
Juskewitch has a 1970 bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Maine and a law degree from the Maine Law School in 1976. As an Army officer for 28 years, he served with the 82nd Airborne Division, commanded two drill sergeant companies and taught leadership, personnel, financial management and problem solving at Fort Leavenworth.