Krause on her way to 4th term as Montcalm County prosecutor

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 10:41 am on Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Andrea Krause

STANTON — Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause will remain in her position after winning Tuesday’s Republican primary.

Krause, who will now enter her fourth term in office, received 3,577 votes against challenger Ronald Finegood, who received 1,780 votes. She faces no opposition in November’s general election.

“I appreciate the support of the citizens of Montcalm County,” said Krause, 48, of Greenville. “I look forward to another four years as prosecuting attorney. I always go into these elections having no idea how they’re going to turn out. I was certainly pleasantly surprised by the results.”

Finegood, 61, is a practicing attorney in Stanton. He previously ran for 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge in 2008, coming in third place.

“I enjoyed running for office,” he said. “I believe in what I had to say.”

Krause has worked in the prosecutor’s office for 23 years — 14 years as head prosecutor. She was appointed prosecutor in 1998 and has been re-elected ever since in 2000, 2004, 2008 and now.

Krause’s main concerns for Montcalm County include substance abuse, assaultive crimes and an adequate operating budget. She said has noticed an increasing percentage of crimes are committed by people who need to fuel their drug addiction. As a member of the 8th Judicial Circuit Court Adult Drug Court, she works to help some of those defendants stay off drugs and turn their lives around.

Krause said her office “aggressively” prosecutes assaultive crimes, whether it involves spouses, boyfriends/girlfriends or children and parents.

Krause said she has secured additional funding from other sources for child neglect/abuse cases. She also was able to return more than $16,000 to Montcalm County’s general budget over the past three years by saving on discretionary funds for her office budget.

Krause wants to continue her office’s fiscal responsibility, continue her “bad check” enforcement program (which has returned almost $25,000 to victims since 2009), her misdemeanor diversion program (for offenders who have committed non-assaultive crimes, such as retail fraud) and her office’s advocacy for all crime victims, as well as her proactive approach to educational neglect and school truancy.

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