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NAME: Keith Randolph
CANDIDATE FOR: Boone County Prosecuting Attorney
HOME CITY: Charleston
HOME COUNTY: Kanawha
EDUCATION: 1993 graduate of Marshall University with a B. S. in Criminal Justice. 1994 graduate of Marshall University with an A. A. S. in Police Science. I received this degree after graduating from the West Virginia State Police Academy. 2002 graduate of West Virginia University College of Law
CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: Boone County Prosecuting Attorney
OTHER WORK HISTORY: West Virginia State Police (State Trooper) 1994 –1999; Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love (Attorney) 2002-2003; Boone County Prosecutor’s Office (Assistant) 2003-2007; Private Practice Attorney (2007-2010); Boone County Prosecuting Attorney 2010 to the Present.
CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: I currently serve as the statewide Prosecuting Attorney representative on the following boards: Board of Pharmacy Database Review Committee, Commission on Drunk Driving Prevention, Medical Cannabis Advisory Board. I also serve as a volunteer instructor at the West Virginia State Police Academy.
FAMILY: wife, two daughters and two grandsons.
PERSONAL STATEMENT: Ever since moving to Seth in 1986 as a sophomore in high school, I have considered Boone County my second home. When college or the State Police sent me to another part of the State, I worked my way back to Boone County. Over most of the last 24 years, I have served Boone County as a State Trooper or prosecutor. While serving, my objectives have not changed – maintain an open and accessible office and place emphasis on those dealing drugs, committing violent crimes, and repeat offenders. My background, service, and experience make me the right person for prosecutor.
1. Do you believe you have the temperament to be a prosecuting attorney? Explain?
Absolutely. Although there is no single temperament that defines a prosecuting attorney, I believe the temperament I have has proven effective. You will not catch me overly excited or easily angered. Both conditions can cause a prosecutor to lose focus. A loss of focus in high pressure criminal litigation will lead to unsuccessful results.
2. How do you feel about accepting contributions to your campaign? Do you feel this creates a conflict of interest or an appearance of impropriety if you are elected?
Although I prefer that money remain out of the campaign, the cost to run a contested election can be prohibitive without contributions. The fact that a prosecutor receives a contribution does not alone create a conflict or wrong appearance. Seeking a special prosecutor to handle cases involving a contributor, or someone close to that person, solves any conflict or wrongful appearance.
3. Describe your trial work experience?
I have brought some 20 criminal cases to jury trial over the years. I have tried multiple murder cases, multiple child sexual assault cases, other violent felonies and drug cases. I have tried cases against one elected official and one former elected official. Also, I have tried criminal cases in Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, and Mingo counties by special appointment.