2 candidates face off in 5th Judicial Circuit District Attorney race

Updated: Nov. 2, 2016 at 4:43 PM CDT
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TALLAPOOSA CO., AL (WSFA) - In less than a week, voters will head to the polls for the general election. In addition to the presidential race, another top race people in Macon, Tallapoosa, Chambers, and Randolph counties are watching closely is the District Five Attorney's race.

Jeremy Duerr and Bill Harris are the two men vying to become the District Attorney for District Five.

Duerr has worked in the District Attorney's Office as an Assistant District Attorney in Alex City for 12 years, prosecuting cases all over the 5th Circuit.

"I've been trying cases, talking to juries; I have sat down, talked with victims, and I've cried with them. I think that experience alone is key to continuing to move forward," said Duerr.

Duerr's challenger, Bill Harris, is no stranger to the courtroom. Harris has been practicing law for 11 years at his firm in Valley. Before going into law, he spent 25 years in law enforcement.

"I think my law enforcement background will help tremendously there, not only working closely with the law enforcement agencies but I know how to put the case together to win," said Harris.

Although voters will only choose one of the men, both already have a plan of action if elected.

"I know some of the other courthouses in our circuit have a terrible backlog and have not been as efficient as Alexander City and Randolph County. I want to be able to share how I handle my cases with the rest of the circuit," said Duerr.

"The backlog of cases is one of my primary things. Currently, the average is three to five years between the time of arrest and the time a defendant goes to trial, and that can have a lot of unforeseen repercussions. I could bring efficiency to the office," said Harris.

The candidate that is elected to this position will replace long-time District Attorney E. Paul Jones, who has held the position since 2004.

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