23 Jun Natasha C. Irving
CANDIDATE FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY
serving Prosecutorial District 6: Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and Waldo Counties
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As a Defense Attorney I have witnessed the retaliatory policies of stigmatization and shaming of those who are too poor to afford legal council. My opponent, the current DA, and his predecessors have pursued costly imprisonment regardless of the crime for anyone who appears before them. The overcharging and elevation of charges along with a refusal to defer sentences, to engage in reasonable plea bargaining or to use problem solving courts like Veteran’s Court or Co-Disorders Court has filled local jails to the point where an overwhelming percent of county budgets spent on petty sentences of 2-5 days. I reached a point where I could no longer witness nor participate within this system that has become abusive to victims, the accused and the communities we live in. It is extremely important that everyone remembers to vote on November 6th. Please drag your family, your friends and your neighbors to the polls as every vote matters.
Natasha was born and raised in Waldoboro. Her father, Richard, a Navy veteran, taught Marine Technology at Region 8, Midcoast School of Technology for 30 years. Her mother worked her way from an entry level position at a rural medical office, to office manager, where she still runs the show.
Natasha lives two miles from the house she grew up in, where her parents still live, on her Grandfather’s farm. They have a combined family of her daughter, a couple of goats, a few chickens, and occasionally a couple of pigs.
Natasha studied philosophy at Loyola University New Orleans. The Jesuit Priests instilled in her a sense of social justice that is reflected in her belief in a Community Based Restorative Justice System.
After college, Natasha spent a year of service with Americorps, and returned to Maine to attend the University of Maine School of Law. After graduation Natasha worked a variety of jobs to pay the bills until she passed the bar. She is no stranger to the struggle of having to put food on the table and keep the lights on. In true tough Mainer style Natasha took the bar exam eight months pregnant and was inducted into the Maine Bar with her 5 week old daughter Mariner on her hip.
Natasha Irving for DA After working as a Defense Attorney for the past few years Natasha witnessed the failures of the current policies of the District Attorney’s office. Too much of taxpayers hard-earned dollars are being wasted on jailing non-violent misdemeanor offenses leaving the DA with few funds to deal with violent crimes. After witnessing the horrors of domestic abuse, elder abuse, veterans getting lost in the systems as they struggle to readjust to civilian life, to the mentally ill being tossed in jail cells rather than getting the treatment they need, Natasha decided to run for District Attorney.
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