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Zavogiannis vies for second term
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District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis is announcing her candidacy for District Attorney General, seeking a second term for the post that includes Warren and Van Buren counties.
The District Attorney’s Office prosecutes all misdemeanor and felony criminal cases and collects child support for area families. Zavogiannis is running as the Democratic nominee in the August general election.
“We have made enormous strides from where we began eight years ago,” said Zavogiannis. She explained that before she was elected, the child support office was ranked as the worst in the state. “Our award-winning child support office is now ranked as the best in the state, and we are collecting millions of dollars for families in Warren and Van Buren counties,” said Zavogiannis.
The DA’s office has also obtained grant funding for two special prosecutors: a DUI special prosecutor who specializes in the prosecution of DUI and DUI-related cases, including vehicular homicide, as well as a prosecutor specializing in domestic violence cases.
“We have been aggressive in prosecuting DUIs in this district to ensure our roads stay safe,” said Zavogiannis.
Zavogiannis is president of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC). Through her work with community leaders, the CAC now has a permanent facility where children who are victims of sexual and physical abuse can seek refuge.
It is at the Child Advocacy Center children are forensically interviewed and their cases are investigated in a supportive environment. Zavogiannis’ staff includes a veteran prosecutor who is an expert in the field of prosecuting child sexual and physical abuse.
“Perpetrators who abuse our children belong in prison and we will continue to work hard to put them where they belong,” said Zavogiannis.
Zavogiannis has conducted numerous programs in each school in Warren and Van Buren counties, speaking on the dangers of drugs, violence, and teen pregnancy.
“Prevention programs are the first and best opportunity to work with our children and help them avoid these dangers,” said Zavogiannis.
Zavogiannis is the only elected District Attorney General in the state who has been appointed as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the Eastern District of Tennessee. While the position is unpaid, it, nevertheless, enables her to prosecute federal crimes that occur in Warren and Van Buren counties, thereby giving victims of crimes from this district a voice in federal court.
“Standing up for victims has been, and always will be, the stand I’m honored to take and I’ll take that stand anywhere and anytime it helps them,” said Zavogiannis.
“It has been a great honor to serve as your District Attorney General for the last eight years. In that time my office has worked closely and effectively with local, state, and federal law enforcement officials. I have the experience you can count on. If re-elected I will continue to operate an open-door policy, stand up for victims, and work hard to prosecute those who commit crimes against our citizens.”
Zavogiannis is married to Jimmy Zavogiannis, and they have three children: Tasia, Pano, and Christos; a grandchild, Rush; and son-in-law Stephen Handy.