The Tribune | April 23, 2014
While the two candidates for district attorney noted some clear differences in priorities Wednesday night, their third debate focused mostly on leadership abilities and experience.
The debate, sponsored by The Tribune and the League of Women Voters at the San Luis Obispo Library, featured similar themes as past debates but with strong words at times.
Both are vying to replace Gerry Shea, who opted not to seek re-election.
Deputy District Attorney Dan Dow noted that he has the support of most of the office’s attorneys, which shows he’s better suited to lead them.
“This community needs a leader who can rise above office politics and build relationships that get things done,” said Dow, adding that he had past leadership experience in the Army and California Army National Guard.
But Tim Covello, currently the assistant district attorney, said Dow is not qualified to lead prosecutors because he does not have enough experience as a prosecutor and has no management experience in the District Attorney’s Office.