I have an issue with the sheriff’s race this year. I do my best to be open-minded, properly research the candidates and make an educated decision when I vote. I’ve checked out websites, Googled, reached out to both candidates and, of course, consulted the trusty ol’ rumor mill.
Jack Johnson seems to have a good resume. On paper, he’s well educated, properly trained for a cop, nice guy. The problem is I have absolutely no idea what his plans are in order to fulfill the requirements and expectations of a sheriff! Apparently, he hangs his hat on training deputies. OK. And? What are his plans fiscally? Plans on eradicating the drug problem? The list of questions goes on and on. I tried contacting Jack Johnson and got no response. So I’m left to make my decision based on knowing he’s got a well-written resume.
Sheriff Carter’s website doesn’t show a resume in “proper format.” Instead, he chose to explain it with proof. Website links, endorsements, photos, not to mention the best advantage of all — he’s fully qualified and trained in the position as a whole. I’ve read about him initiating the importance of uniting all local police agencies. I’ve seen the improved K9 units to help with the drug problem. I’ve read about money being returned to the commissioners at the end of the year, not overspending. Most importantly, when I reached out to Sheriff Carter to give him the opportunity to address the issues I had, he responded with respect and full disclosure on my questions. I understand why he has such a long list of supporters from civil servants to business people to average Joes publicly supporting him.
On May 15, I will be voting to keep Tom Carter as sheriff. Actions speak louder than words.