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Prosecutor To Run For Another Term

Kootenai County Prosecutor Bill Douglas is seeking a third, four-year term this fall.

“I want to continue our proud record of success in protecting and representing the most vulnerable members of our community who are survivors of crime - especially our children,” Douglas said in a prepared statement Monday.

Douglas, 48, of Hayden Lake, won the position in 1988 after defeating incumbent Glen Walker.

On Monday, Douglas pointed to several “firsts” his office has been responsible for since he took office: Idaho’s first conviction for spousal rape; Idaho’s first conviction for male rape; Idaho’s first conviction under the sex-offender registration law.

Douglas said he must continue to cope with increasing criminal caseloads and a shortage of prosecutors, judges and courtrooms.

From 1994 to 1995, the number of felony drug cases prosecuted in the county more than doubled while juvenile crime cases increased by 22 percent, records show.

So far, Douglas is running unopposed for prosecutor.

, DataTimes