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Mahurin seeks re-election

Jerrod Mahurin has announced his intention to run for re-election to the office of prosecuting attorney for St. Francois County. He is running as a Democratic party candidate.

The son of Butch and Bonita Mahurin, he is a lifelong resident of St. Francois County, a North County High School graduate and a member of the school’s Hall of Fame. Mahurin lives in Park Hills with his wife, Laura, a special education teacher, and their 12-year-old son, Lukas.

He attended Oklahoma City University School of Law and after graduation moved back to Farmington where he opened his own practice. Mahurin maintained a private practice for more than a year when he became a part of Prosecuting Attorney Wendy Wexler Horn’s office. Following her appointment as St. Francois County Division 3 Associate Circuit Court judge at the end of 2011, Mahurin was appointed county prosecutor.

“I’ve worked in the St. Francois County Prosecutor’s Office for almost a decade and I’m truly honored to continue to represent its citizens,” he said. “I value my profession with high-esteem. Whether it is prosecuting bad checks, robberies, drug cases or murders, I believe every victim deserves caring and compassionate representation, along with the ability to try to be made whole after someone has victimized them. The most important thing you can do is listen to a victim.”

According to Mahurin, over the last decade he has obtained a life sentence or greater conviction in 13 out of 14 first-degree murder cases.

“I have a conviction rate of over 97 percent in trial cases, whereas the state average is under 90 percent,” he said. “This ranks our county as having one of the highest conviction rates in the state.”

Mahurin has taught classes at both the Law Enforcement Academy and Mineral Area College. He is a member of the First Baptist Church in Desloge, Mineral Area Elks Lodge, Democratic Club, Masonic Lodge and Local Bar. He is a BackStoppers member and previous board member.

Mahurin was selected 2013 St. Francois County “Citizen of the Year” and was a first-time recipient of the 2016 “Law Enforcement Appreciation Award,” which is given for outstanding and dedicated service to the criminal justice system.

“I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of this county and work with law enforcement to make our neighborhoods safe, all while upholding the laws that this great nation was founded upon,” he said. “I have spent almost my entire career serving the people of St. Francois County and representing victims.

“I strive daily to perform my civic duty with pride and integrity while upholding the oaths that I have taken. My door is always open and I will do everything I can to ensure a better future for generations to come.

“Over the last decade, it has been my honor to dedicate my career serving the citizens of St. Francois County. I strive every day to make this county, in which I have proudly spent my entire life, a safer place for all its citizens. I know that I am the best candidate for the job because I understand better than anyone what this job takes – not only to prosecute – but to help, protect and serve victims.”

He believes he has the support of local law enforcement; as well as the support of the Mineral Area Labor Club; local labor unions; and bar association members.

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Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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