Thursday, November 22, 2001

Schrand in county atty. race

GOP has 3 candidates in primary

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        UNION — There is likely to be only one Republican primary in Boone County next year, but the race is drawing a crowd.

        James R. “J.R.” Schrand, a 39-year-old lawyer, has announced he will run next year for Boone County attorney. He joins two Republicans already in the May primary field:

        • Robert Neace, a Florence lawyer and son of the late Boone County Circuit Judge Sam Neace.

        • And C.J. Victor, an assistant under Boone County Commonwealth Attorney Larry Crigler.

        Mr. Crigler, a Democrat who has served more than 20 years in office, is not seeking reelection next year.

        Mr. Schrand has not run for or held office in the past. Nor have the other Republicans seeking office.

        Mr. Schrand did grow up around politics. His father, James Schrand, for many years a family doctor in Florence, served two terms on the Boone County Board of Education in the early 1980s.

        “I grew up in a family where community service was important,” Mr. Schrand said. “I am involved in a lot of community projects and with a lot of organizations. I've stayed involved in the political process ... and I want to stay involved in the community where I grew up and where I'm raising my family now.

        “I like to have my voice heard and I look at this as a great opportunity to serve the community,” he said.

        A county attorney not only provides legal advice to the fiscal court and other county offices, but also serves as the prosecutor in district court and oversees the collection of child support payments.

        Mr. Schrand said he has worked as a litigator and handled civil as well as criminal cases.

        “I look at this office as an extension of the things I've done all my life,” he said. “The county attorney is the people's attorney and I want to be accessible to them. I have a sales background. I've dealt with people and I enjoy it.”

        Mr. Schrand received an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Kentucky in 1984, an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1992 and a law degree from Chase College of Law in Highland Heights in 1997.

        He considered following in his father's footsteps and was in medical school at University of Louisville for more than two years, but eventually decided against a career in medicine. He also sold pharmaceuticals for 11 years before and during law school.

        Mr. Schrand has practiced law since 1998. He is leaving his current firm — Greenbaum Doll & McDonald — to join the Boone County law practice of Doug Jones.

        “I've done a lot of things, and that gives me a good background for this office,” he said.

        Mr. Schrand and his wife, Kathy, have two sons ages 10 and 4 and a year-old daughter they adopted in March from South Korea.


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