A Message From Jennifer

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Sep 7, 2013

jennifer-tharp-district-attorney12Dear Fellow Comal County Citizens,

I am proud to announce my campaign for re-election as your Comal County Criminal District Attorney and ask for your support in the March 2014 primary. With the help of talented attorneys, investigators, and support staff, I have accomplished tremendous work on your behalf. Over the past term, my office has prosecuted over 2,250 felony cases and 5,100 misdemeanor cases. Having been a Comal County Prosecutor for almost 10 years and entering my fourth year as your elected Criminal District Attorney, I can tell you with confidence that I am still the right person for this position.

For those who may not know me, I was raised in Comal County and my family has been active within this community for the past four decades. I graduated from New Braunfels High School and attended Texas Lutheran University, graduating cum laude. I earned my law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law. I started my public service career with Attorney General Greg Abbott in the General Litigation Division in Austin, where I defended the State of Texas, state agencies and state officials.

Since joining the Comal County Criminal District Attorney’s Office in 2004 I have held a variety of positions including Chief Civil Prosecutor before becoming your Criminal District Attorney in 2010. Throughout my roles in the office, I worked tirelessly with Judges, Probation Departments and School Officials to get children to attend school and to reduce drugs and violence within our schools.

Over my first term as your District Attorney, I have had the opportunity to speak with many of you at events throughout the county. The citizens of Comal County have consistently told me their priorities are safety for our children, safe roads, and a safe community.

Safety for Our Children
This community expects and wants our most vulnerable citizens, our children, to be safe. I have responded to this request by prioritizing the prosecution of child abusers and child molesters. I have sought and received tough sentences to ensure that convicted abusers will never again have the opportunity to harm another child. My office vigorously defends the convictions received from our judges and juries through the appeals process, and I have personally objected to the parole release of convicted child molesters. I am honored to be able to look a child in the eyes and promise they will not be harmed again because their abuser has been brought to justice. Joining me in this endeavor is Diesel, my office’s new therapy dog, who provides comfort to victims during their time at the courthouse.

I have worked with our schools to educate students about the dangers of drinking and driving, drug use, criminal activity, and texting while driving. We have reached hundreds of children every year with these important messages. We want to empower our students with knowledge to make good decisions.

Safe Roads
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) reports that a person dies in drunk driving crashes every 53 minutes and every 90 seconds a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. Together with law enforcement, I have worked to reduce these staggering statistics. We combined forces in May 2011 to go “No Refusal” during this county’s busiest summer season. As a result, we saw the number of alcohol related offenses reduced. We also noticed that drivers who consumed alcohol began utilizing taxi services. In September 2011, Comal County became a “No Refusal” county permanently. I remain determined to continue my work with law enforcement to secure convictions for alcohol-related offenses and stiff punishments for repeat offenders.

Safe Community
During this term, I have met several of you at neighborhood block parties on National Night Out and at other events. I have encouraged you to get to know your neighbors and to report suspicious activity to law enforcement. I want you and your family to be safe in your home and throughout this community. To accomplish this, I have worked with local, state, and federal narcotics agencies to send numerous drug dealers to prison. I have also worked with our local law enforcement agencies to remove dangerous gang members from our community and I have prosecuted thieves who have entered your vehicles and your homes.

If re-elected, I pledge to continue to lead my team to provide safety for our children, safe roads and a safe community. Outside of my work with law enforcement, I also serve on the boards for the Comal Cops for Kids Foundation, Children’s Advocacy Center of Comal County, the Comal County Sexual Assault Response Team (S.A.R.T.), and the New Braunfels Christian Ministries Foundation. I am active with the New Braunfels Republican Women, the Comal County Citizens Sheriff’s Academy, Leadership New Braunfels, Court Appointed Special Advocates (C.A.S.A.), the Braunfels Foundation and a member of Oakwood Baptist Church of New Braunfels.

I love this community, and my husband Dan and I want to raise our sons with the same freedoms we had growing up in a safe community. I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve as your Criminal District Attorney, and I humbly ask for your vote and continued support in the March Republican Primary.

Thank you for your support.