Former chief deputy prosecutor to enter county attorney race
MISSOULA, Mont. - NBC Montana has confirmed that a former chief deputy prosecutor will enter an upcoming election for Missoula county attorney. Kirsten Pabst, considered by some to be the heir-apparent to the county attorney's seat, confirmed with NBC Montana this evening that she will run for the office. Fred Van Valkenburg made headlines for refusing to participate with a US Department of Justice investigation into sexual assault cases and has announced he plans to retire next year. Pabst served as a deputy prosecutor in the Missoula County Attorney's Office for 15 years. She tells NBC Montana she wants to "realign the office with community values of cooperation, open conversation and compassion." Jason Marks, a current deputy county attorney, has announced he will run for Missoula County Attorney as well.