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Pat Condon announced Monday that he will run to be the next Lancaster County attorney.

Condon has 28 years experience in the office and for the past seven has been chief deputy to County Attorney Joe Kelly, a fellow Republican who has been nominated to be U.S. attorney for Nebraska and is awaiting confirmation.

Condon has handled criminal cases ranging from homicides and sexual assaults to child abuse and drug cases. As chief deputy, he's maintained a full caseload, taking a majority of the office's post-conviction cases, assigning cases and assisting with the budgeting process, "helping to maintain efficiencies in the office and a fiscally conservative approach to keeping Lancaster County safe, while maintaining the high standards Lancaster County voters have come to expect from the office."

In 2008, he was named prosecutor of the year in Nebraska.

"For the last 30 years I have been getting up and going to a job I love," Condon said in a news release. "Although the days are often long and the subject matter difficult, it is such an important service, and I want to continue to work to keep Lancaster County a safe place to work, worship and raise your family."

Condon said methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and THC continue to be the biggest drug problems facing the county.

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"THC is to marijuana what crack was to cocaine. Many of our violent crimes are driven by these drugs, and I will continue to prosecute these individuals and hold them accountable for their crimes," he said.

Condon said under his leadership the office would continue with problem-solving courts, which hold individuals accountable and help reduce recidivism.

He and his wife, Carol Ann, have two daughters.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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