GOP primary battles and a potential food fight enliven local politics

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Mr. Spehar you have not done your homework.
First: “...contenders, including a Democrat” is an outright false statement. I am NOT a Democrat. I am a registered Republican and have been for decades.  I am a Pre-1980 Republican.  A time when Republicans were analytical, logical and rational thinkers. You characterize me totally without accuracy.
I am running totally independently, on my own dime so I am beholden to NO ONE, as the first woman to EVER run for Sheriff in this county and the media, 100% of all our media, has totally ignored this candidacy.  Please, write your column with accurate information or you will lose readers.
Two: “...also unburdened with any practical law enforcement experience…”  This is true. I have more practical experience in direct public service, community involvement including its safety and health status and working with inter-cultural and multi-national administration situations then ALL of the male candidates combined.  I have worked with and helped set budgets for nursing facilities.  As a Registered Nurse I have dealt with the public in their most desperate moments.
I have started programs internationally that are still in place and have enhanced the health status of women.  I have been in war as a Registered Nurse during the First Gulf war.
I believe the safety of our Deputy Sheriff personnel is paramount, for they represent the heart and soul of the culture and community in the county.  I own and know how to safely use my guns. But guns should NEVER be the first choice of action in ANY situation and are not toys.  I have cared for far too many victims of guns used in the heat of emotion.
To a man, the other candidates have professed their fear of the Federal government and want to arm this county to the teeth.  I have a better idea.
What part of being Sheriff, other than knowing immediately the direct nomenclature, do I NOT have the experience to fulfill the position of Sheriff?  Take me seriously sir.  This county is ready for change, and the voters are the ONLY ones that can make that change.

You can vote for King, if he is on the ballot,

Don’t get all in a twist, Benita.  I don’t think Jim said he was voting for King, he was just predicting the outcome of the election.



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