He wants to be your next District Attorney
By Dan Hust
BLOOMINGBURG Bloomingburg attorney Glenn Kroll announced this week he plans to be the Democratic nominee for Sullivan County District Attorney.
And if he succeeds in that effort, he intends to mount a campaign to ask voters to agree that he should be the next Sullivan County DA.
With current DA Steve Lungen retiring after three decades in office, a range of candidates have appeared (and occasionally disappeared) over the months, but Kroll said he’s the only Democrat in the running right now.
“Yes, he is,” confirmed Sullivan County Democratic Committee Chair Steve Wilkinson yesterday. “But the committee has not been able to meet yet to endorse any candidates.”
Wilkinson expected that meeting to occur within the next two weeks, anticipating Kroll would indeed be the Democrats’ choice for DA.
Kroll, 37, is already a seven-year full-timer in Sullivan County, and he’s been coming to the area his entire life, as his great-grandmother founded Bloomingburg’s Camp Na-Sho-Pa in 1937 and his family operated it for decades thereafter.
Husband to Kim and father of four-year-old Charlie and five-year-old Brandon, Kroll is perhaps best-known as the Village of Bloomingburg Justice for the past five years.
He’s been an attorney since graduating from New York Law School in 1996 and is now in private practice on Main Street in Bloomingburg, specializing in criminal defense work.
Kroll also worked two years as a New York City schoolteacher and junior high school dean.
So why is this 10-year Democrat seeking countywide office?
“I’m running because I could do a great job for the county,” he said.
Though admiring of Lungen, Kroll feels more can be done in educating the community especially schoolchildren about the role of the DA. He views such an outreach as a tool in crime prevention.
“The office really has a tremendous ability to reach out,” he said.
He’s also interested in duplicating the success of the county’s Drug Treatment Court by bringing in a similar Mental Health Court.
He knows he’ll be facing a battle against whomever the Republicans choose as their candidate in the fall (Chief Assistant District Attorney Jim Farrell and Ferndale attorney and former Assistant DA Mike McGuire, both registered Republicans, have expressed interest in running), so he’s ready to start winning voters’ confidence.
“I always wanted to do something to give back to the community,” he said.
For more information, log on to his website at www.gklawyer.com.