Meet the Candidates: Patrick Swanson

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Patrick Swanson
Patrick Swanson

I am the Elected District Attorney of Chautauqua County, having served as Acting District Attorney in 2016, and since January 1, 2017, as the elected District Attorney.

As District Attorney I serve as Chautauqua County’s top law enforcement official. The relationships and collaborative efforts that I have established with law enforcement agencies and departments throughout the county and state continue to reinforce my dedication to my role as district attorney. I am the only candidate endorsed by the 6,000 member State Troopers Police Benevolent Association.

Between 2016 and 2019, despite having the highest caseload per prosecutor in New York State, my hard working staff have seen a conviction rate 20% higher than the state average. I continue to fight for so that our office has the resources needed to deal with case numbers like ours. Despite being underfunded we are getting the job done because of the excellence of our staff. While the county legislature has provided additional staff, our needs are far from satisfied, and I will continue to fight for an office that is right sized. It is what our citizens deserve.

My wife and I were born and raised in Chautauqua County. We live in Fredonia with our two children. Simply put, we want our kids to grow up like we did. Helping people live in safe homes with safe streets is the overall goal of our office.

As your leader in the District Attorney’s office, I am working tirelessly to preserve and enhance our Chautauqua County way of life.