McInroy captures 80 percent of vote for prosecutor

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Nevada Daily Mail

Republican challenger Brandi McInroy won in convincing fashion Tuesday night, defeating incumbent Prosecuting Attorney Lynn Ewing with a comfortable margin. McInroy polled 80 percent of the votes cast, picking up 4,436 of the votes, compared to Ewing's 1,092.

She won at every polling location, turning back Ewing, who has held the office since Jan. 1, 1999.

"I'm honored and overwhelmed," said McInroy Tuesday night.

"I've got some big shoes to fill. I plan to work hard to serve the people of Vernon County."

Asked about her margin of victory, she said she was surprised, noting that as she watched the precincts come in, the results didn't really sink in at first, adding, "Not until it was over."

McInroy was chosen by the Vernon County Republican Party Committee as a replacement candidate after Circuit Judge Timothy Perigo ruled that the previous challenger, Dustin Dunfield, be disqualified as a candidate for the position based on a prior felony case.

Ewing made his concession speech at 8 p.m. in the Vernon County Courthouse.

"This has been the best job I've ever had," he said, reflecting on his 16 years in the office. "I have appreciated the opportunity to serve. And it is my wish and hope that Brandi turns out to be the best prosecutor this county has ever had."

McInroy began the pursuit of her law career with her undergraduate work at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan. She graduated with a degree in justice studies and a minor in sociology.

She graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2005.

During her graduate work, she interned at the public defender's office in Vernon County.

After passing the bar, McInroy was hired in that office in March 2006, where she worked through 2012.

Since Jan. 1, 2013, she has worked for the 28th Circuit Court in Vernon County as the attorney for the juvenile office.

Ewing, a Vernon County native, graduated from the University of Missouri with his bachelor of science in Public Administration, and later his juris doctor from Mizzou.

He was admitted to practice before the Missouri Bar in September 1983.

Ewing served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for the City of Nevada, from 1983 to 1991. He served on the Nevada Planning Commission from 1985 to 1994 and as chairman from 1988 to 1990. He was elected to the Nevada City Council in April 1993 and served as mayor in 1997-98.

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