Saturday, August 08, 2020

Six Democrats running for Broward County Sheriff (South Florida Sun Sentinel)

One day soon, St. Johns County will have Democratic candidates running for every county office.   With good management, our St. Johns County Democratic Executive Committee will become a force for good.

The Blue Wave is coming,  Our local heroes in 2018 were the Blue Wave Coalition, totally independent of our St. Johns County Democratic Party, long run by what my friend Tom Reynolds calls "Undercover Republicans," nattering nabobs of negativism.  

With sclerotic management, SJC DEC is a vestigial organ, like a vermiform appendix.

It's why we can't have a nice Sheriff, and Democrats don't even have a choice for Sheriff, other than. being urged to register Republican to vote in an illegally-closed "universal primary," closed because former Secretary of State Katherine Harris ooined, and Tallahassee lawyer Mark Herron persuaded courts to rule, that a phantom write-in candidate is "opposition."

From South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

Closing arguments: The six Democratic candidates for Broward Sheriff make their case

Broward County Sheriff Democratic candidates Gregory Tony, Scott Israel, Santiago Vazquez, Al Pollock, Andrew Maurice Smalling, Willie Jones.
Broward County Sheriff Democratic candidates Gregory Tony, Scott Israel, Santiago Vazquez, Al Pollock, Andrew Maurice Smalling, Willie Jones. (John McCall/South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Two weeks ago, we published our endorsement in the most contentious race on the Aug. 18 ballot — the six-way Democratic primary for Broward County sheriff. Today, we give the six candidates the opportunity to reach our readers directly. Here was their assignment: Write a heartfelt, honest pitch that answers this question: “Why me and why not him/them?”

Excerpt: The ex-sheriff, Scott Israel, my chief opponent, would like to make this election about the past. … Scott Israel’s past? That’s the story of systemic incompetence, leading up to the catastrophic response to two mass shootings: at Fort Lauderdale airport and then at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. …. Eighteen months later, we’ve turned this department around.

Excerpt: In my time as your Sheriff we reduced violent crime, ushered in a new era of diversity in our hiring and leadership, and equipped our deputies with body cameras. We focused on keeping kids out of jail, protecting the peace and community service. We ran a tight ship, were accountable to taxpayers and treated the community and our employees with dignity and respect. … Gregory Tony’s first boss, Coral Springs Police Chief Duncan Foster, said, “knowing what we know now, I would not have hired him.” Well, you should not hire him, either.

Excerpt: In Broward’s sheriff election, I am the honest candidate who will bring positive change to the law enforcement agency. .. (The current sheriff) pounds on police brutality, while not disclosing a killing and lying on law enforcement employment applications. I will honestly serve and lead by example. … A past sheriff claims he was wrongfully removed from office while not taking responsibility for murdered children. As a BSO colonel, I guided the policy: “deputies WILL enter” an active shooter scene.

Excerpt: Three candidates in this race have held top positions of indisputable power and authority in the Sheriff’s office and despite that power and authority, they failed to bring about the much needed change that we desire. Why?

Excerpt: Our past sheriffs and Interim Sheriff have failed the people of Broward County and employees … We deserve a leader who inspires confidence not fear, and is accountable to all citizens.

Excerpt: As an ordinary person with extraordinary vision, I embody the ideals that this country has long stood for. … It will be important to me to deliver the professional services that the people of Broward County want and deserve. I also want to check unrestrained police violence and misconduct, arrest criminals who prey on innocent victims and help those who have become stigmatized as the underserved in our communities.

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