ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Dedham man has formally announced that he plans to have his name on the ballot for the district attorney race for Hancock and Washington counties this November.
Steven Juskewitch, who also ran for the post in 2002 and 2006, plans to run as an independent. Because of that, voters in the two-county district are expected to have at least three names to choose from in the election when they go to the polls this fall.
Another name expected to be on the same ballot is Deputy District Attorney Carletta “Dee” Bassano, who is running as a Democrat. Bassano is unopposed in the Democratic primary race. She is hoping to succeed her boss, current District Attorney Michael Povich, who is retiring as a prosecutor but is running for a seat in the Maine Legislature.
The Republican primary in the race is contested. Don Brown of Bucksport is facing Matthew Foster of Ellsworth for the Republican nomination.
Like Juskewitch, Bassano and Brown have issued prepared statements announcing their candidacies. Along with Bassano and Brown, Foster’s name is listed on the Maine Secretary of State website among candidates participating in the June 8 primary election.
Foster could not be reached at his Ellsworth office on Friday.
In his statement, Juskewitch said that he has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Maine and a law degree from the University of Maine School of Law. He is a former prosecutor in Cumberland, Hancock and Washington counties and now is in private practice. He is a former Army officer, having served for 28 years and retired as a lieutenant colonel.
Juskewitch has 30 years’ experience as a prosecutor and defense attorney.
“Criminal prosecution is not about politics,” Juskewitch said in the statement about running as an independent. “It’s about professionalism, fairness and hard work. To me, justice means the right person convicted of (or admitting to) the right crime for the right reasons with a fair consequence every time.”
Prosecuting crimes of violence and major drug offenses will be among his “highest priorities” if he is elected, Juskewitch said. He is married and has five children.
On the Web: http://juskewitch4da.com/.