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Race for Shelby County DA heats up

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Republican Amy Weirich was appointed DA in 2011, and elected in 2012. Joe Brown will run against her in the general election. Republican Amy Weirich was appointed DA in 2011, and elected in 2012. Joe Brown will run against her in the general election.
SHELBY COUNTY, TN -

(WMC) - With the primary election over, campaigning has started for the general election in August. The race for district attorney is going to be an interesting one to watch.

Republican Amy Weirich was appointed as district attorney in 2011, and elected in 2012.

"I had a lot of support from all across the table. There's nothing partisan about what I do in the District Attorney General's Office. I have much support from all across Shelby County," said Weirich.

Weirich, a career prosecutor, says she's focused on expanding gang injunctions, reducing domestic violence, and fighting crime in the home. She says she's not focused on her challenger, former Judge Joe Brown.

"Quite honestly, my focus every day is being the best district attorney I can be and quite frankly, don't have time to keep up with the latest episodes of the Judge Joe Brown Show," she said.

Joe Brown says he may have had a Hollywood show, but he is a lifelong resident of Shelby County, who just flew back and forth a lot.

"Forty years of experience in the criminal justice field, rather outstanding record in that, and I'm smart. And I'm the prettiest person running for the office, too," said Judge Joe Brown, Democrat Candidate for DA.

Brown says he wants to draw Democrats to the polls and be DA, for real, he says.

"This is not a joke. I mean, I've been doing this for forty years. I mean, I was a prosecutor, the public defender, a trial attorney, and then on the bench for 10 years," he said.

Whoever is elected will get eight years in office as Shelby County's top prosecutor. Both say there is work to be done to clean up mean streets.

"We do more prevention and intervention work today than we did 10 years ago. That is, that's a huge focus of mine and has been since I took office," said Weirich.

"I'd like to bring what I did then, which is still topical to the table, so we can reduce the crime, so we can expand economically and industrially into being the Chicago of the 21st century," said Brown.

Election day is August 7.

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