LETTER: Community is blessed by two highly qualified candidates


I want to thank our community for giving me the opportunity to serve as your elected district attorney these past eight years. It has been both a challenge and a privilege. Justice has been greatly advanced, though I don’t kid myself by assuming the effort was mine alone. I could not have asked for a more inventive, imaginative, and hardworking staff. They — we — worked tirelessly to make York County a safer place. With that in mind, York County has the good fortune to have two highly qualified, hard-hitting prosecutors who are seeking county office.

District Attorney Tom Kearney, looks on as Rep. Stan Saylor, R-Windsor Township gives the opening remarks during a campaign kick-off for Pam Gay and Dave Sunday Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at the Alert Fire Company, in Emigsville. Amanda J. Cain photo

Dave Sunday, candidate to succeed me as district attorney, is fully prepared to continue the attack on heroin and other opioids plaguing our community. He has been on the front lines of formulating and executing strategies for reversing the trend of addiction. Through his leadership and his belief in community collaboration, I have no doubt that the significant progress we have made will continue. Whoever is elected the next district attorney, the heroin crisis will continue as the 800 pound gorilla in the county. In contrast, despite attending numerous political functions, I have yet to hear any plan, or even the word “heroin” uttered once by his opponent.

Tim Barker, candidate for judge, is the “go-to” prosecutor in our office for knowledge of the law. Articulate, driven, and deadly in a courtroom, Tim has a lifetime of achievement in our office, is frequently called upon by our community partners to formulate policy, and is nationally recognized for his skills as a prosecutor. Without qualification, I endorse his candidacy. He will make an indelible mark as a judge.

As a community, we are blessed to have such talented individuals step up to confront the challenges of the future. Barker for judge. Sunday on Tuesday.


Springettsbury Township

York County District Attorney