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EXPERIENCE IN SENECA: Primary for District Attorney in final days

The two men squaring off Tuesday in a three-party primary election for Seneca County district attorney are touting their experience — albeit in different ways.

Christopher Folk is leaning on the combination of his seven years as Waterloo town judge and his managerial skills in the high-tech sector, which he believes can improve how the DA’s office runs.

“One of the things I bring to the table is efficiency. I can look at situations and am not the type of person to say we should do it this way because we’ve always done it this way,” he said. “When you think about what the DA’s day consists of, a very small amount of time is spent in the courtroom. Management is a big part of the job and increasing operational efficiency.”

Folk’s opponent, John Nabinger, is touting his more than two decades of experience as a prosecutor and defense attorney.

“The fact is I have 21 years as a criminal law attorney — six on the prosecution side and 15 on the defense side. This is all I’ve done,” he said. “I’ve literally spent tens of thousands of hours in a courtroom. I don’t know Chris personally, but all my interactions with him have been good, including in his court when he was a judge. I don’t have any issues with Mr. Folk in that respect. I simply think he doesn’t currently have the experience that I do in the courtroom.”

Nabinger has the backing of the Seneca County Republican Committee and is the designated candidate on the Conservative and Independence lines. If he prevails on any or all of those lines in the primary, he moves on to the November general election.

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Each appeared in the Studio earlier this year discussing their race and the issues: