EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 1, 2012

County attorney faces challenge next week

By Doug Ireland direland@eagletribune.com
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — BRENTWOOD — James Reams seeks to return for another two-year term as Rockingham County attorney.

Reams, a Republican from Hampton, faces a challenge from Democrat Joseph Plaia of Portsmouth.

Reams, first elected to the position in 1998, and Plaia both ran uncontested in the primary Sept. 11.

Reams is a Navy veteran who started in the county attorney’s office as an intern in 1976. He later served as assistant county attorney and began a private law practice in 1978. He was in private practice in the Hampton and Exeter areas for 20 years.

Plaia is a Portsmouth resident and attorney who served as a state police prosecutor. He said the county attorney’s office has been slow in adjusting to judicial budget cuts, causing further delays in the prosecution of cases.

Max Abramson of Seabrook is listed on the ballot as a Libertarian Party candidate. Abramson, a former Seabrook Planning Board and Budget Committee member, was convicted of reckless conduct in March for firing a gun at his home during a party in December. He received a suspended one-year sentence.

Joseph Plaia

Age: 39

Political party: Democrat

Occupation: Criminal defense attorney, former state police prosecutor

Elective office experience: None

What do you plan to do if elected?: Prosecute violent felons aggressively, and start using alternative sentencing programs to save millions in tax dollars, and encourage rehabilitation of military veteran and nonviolent offenders.

James Reams

Age: 65

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Attorney

Elective office experience: County attorney

What do you plan to do if elected?: Improve the quality of life for the citizens of Rockingham County by providing justice professionally, effectively and efficiently.