Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn announced his 2016 campaign to a large crowd of supporters Thursday night at White's of Westport.

This will be Quinn's first run at public office, since he was appointed to the position of district attorney by Gov. Charlie Baker in January after his predecessor, Sam Sutter, was elected mayor of Fall River.

Quinn outlined his accomplishments over the past nine months, including the conviction of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and the recent creation of a task force addressing crimes against the elderly.

He also has a focus on reaching out to the county's youth and increasing his office's role of volunteering in the community.

"I'm about doing the job. I want to do the best job I can," Quinn said during his remarks.

Other priorities listed by Quinn include reducing the number of firearms on the streets, combatting domestic and child abuse, and continuing to address the opioid epidemic in the region.

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