"There is very little if any data to support that," Owens said. "It's political rhetoric in order to be able to win a seat."
Owens said Democrats are still in the process of identifying potential candidates. He said his party is eager to address racial profiling among law enforcement, police shootings and going after white collar crime as aggressively as crimes committed by working class people.
Democrats also want to expand the accountability courts and pretrial diversion programs, some of which started under Reynolds.
"Our priority is making sure that we are getting the right people off the streets for the right reasons and not for partisan reasons," Owens said.