(WMC-TV) - The Shelby County District attorney and her chief rival crossed paths Monday at an event for the homeless, but there was no debate between DA Amy Weirich and Judge Joe Brown.
The two may have only passed each other in the parking lot as the DA showed up early and Joe Brown about an hour later.
Weirich offered hugs to the homeless as they stood in line for a free dinner at the Greenlaw Community Center.
She left just as former criminal court judge and TV personality Joe Brown arrived, but they have met before.
"A couple of times, years ago, when she made an occasional appearance in my court [as a prosecutor]," he said.
Weirich relies on her career at 201 Poplar in this year's election.
"I think my record does speak for itself. The fact that I've been a career prosecutor in the office for 23 years," said Weirich.
Brown used his recent arrest following an outburst in juvenile court as a platform to criticize Weirich's record, and he continues to tie her to the untested rape kit backlog.
"Twelve thousand victims of rape and you say it's not your fault? I don't buy that," said Brown.
Weirich says this is only the second time she has been down the road of campaigning.
"My job is to make sure the district attorney general's office is doing the best job it can for all the citizens of Shelby County," she said.
Both agree the office can help in the fight against homelessness, which was the point of Monday's event.
"I just wanted the politicians to talk to the homeless people and let them know what they're going to do if we elect them in office," said organizer Detric Golden.
Both Weirich (R) and Brown (D) are unopposed in the May 6 primary. The general election for county races is August 7.
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