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Fortner, Racine face off for Douglas County DA post
by Bill Baldowski
March 12, 2014 04:40 PM | 1602 views | 3 3 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The race to succeed Douglas County District Attorney David McDade, who is not seeking re-election, will center on two candidates who bring a wealth of experience to the office.

The candidates include Republican Brian Fortner and Democrat Elizabeth Dalia Racine. They will face each other in the November general election after being the only candidates from their parties to qualify last week.

Fortner, 42, is a 15-year resident of Douglasville and the married father of twin 8-year-old boys.

Racine, 35, a six-year Lithia Springs resident, is the married mother of three children, including twin 6-year-old girls.

Fortner began his legal career with the Douglas County District Attorney’s office in 2000 as an assistant DA where he served until 2007.

He was then appointed Douglas County solicitor general and then was elected to the position.

Fortner returned to the Douglas County DA’s office in 2012.

Racine also has a background with the district attorney’s office in two counties.

Initially, she spent seven years in the Fulton County District Attorney’s office and, for the last three years, has been an assistant district attorney in DeKalb County.

Fortner believes he is the best candidate for the post because, “I am vested in this Douglas County community.”

“I spent five years leading the county as the solicitor and I am intimately familiar with the problems we face here at home,” he said.

Racine said she is the best candidate because, “I have dedicated my career to putting away those who threaten and do harm to our families.”

“I am running because, as a wife, mother and career prosecutor, I know Douglas County can do a better job of protecting our families and businesses,” she said.

Both candidates view public safety as a priority

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Dville
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March 18, 2014
When you compare Brian Fortner's success record against Ms. Racine's it is not even close. Have you looked at how the crime in DeKalb County and Fulton County is dealt with? It is a joke!! Here in Douglas County, we want and expect criminals to be held accountable and that is exactly what Brian Fortner delivers. If you want a safe and secure community to raise your family where the bad guys will be caught AND prosecuted, then Brian Fortner is the ONLY choice for Douglas County.
Nvillafane
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March 13, 2014
The sought out position in this election is not a requirement of a certain party but a requirement of passion and experience. So their association with rather or not one is Democatic or Republican is not a reason to decide the vote. But the success record of dealing with violent offenders and keeping the community safe should be. Racine has that experience!
DCResident171
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March 16, 2014
Because Racine's experience in the machines that are Fulton and Dekalb County is such an impressive beacon of what criminal justice should look like?

No thanks. I'll take the guy who has already been here for 15 years and kept us safe. You can keep your Dekalb County justice.
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