Now, less than a month from Election Day, the battle for St. Lawrence County District Attorney is heating up. Republican challenger Mary Rain is trying to unseat two term incumbent Nicole Duve. As our Barry Wygel tells us, this high profile race has forced Duve to defend many of the actions she has made over the past eight years.
ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY, N.Y. -- It's been a back and forth battle.
"The reason I am here is because my opponent doesn't think I should stand by the side of victims. I stand by the side of victims every day," said Mary Rain in a campaign stop Tuesday.
"To say that it is disheartening would be, for me, an understatement. It is certainly a tone that I don't choose to take," said St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole Duve.
Republican District Attorney challenger Mary Rain has spent the last couple weeks touring the county on what she calls her "accountability tour." She has met with victim's families and highlighted the ways she says DA Duve has failed them.
"Mr. Trickey has spoken to me many times and during that time, he has told me about his dissatisfaction with the District Attorney's office," said Rain."
Trickey's son was killed. Wayne Oxley stood trial three times during Duve's tenure. He was convicted the first time. A verdict which was later overturned. A second trial ended in a hung jury and Oxley was found not guilty in the third trial.
"Sometimes witnesses are no longer available and sometimes witnesses get on the stand and commit perjury. We had both of those things impact the third trial," said Duve.
As accusations continue to fly, Duve says she is going to stick by her record, while educating the people on what she does.
"To suggest that I don't work hard every day to make sure my office can do what it can for the people of St. Lawrence County is just wrong," said Duve.
One way or another, the battle will be over in just a few short weeks.
Duve was first elected as District Attorney in 2005.
Rain was previously the head of the St. Lawrence County Public Defender's office before leaving to campaign.