The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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April 24, 2014

Stanly County sheriff candidates discuss campaign issues

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 —

7.  Although the sheriff is an elected official, how would you keep politics out of the office and away from taxpayers served?

Democrats

R. Burris: The same way I’ve kept politics out of the Sheriff’s Office for over seven years. We serve every citizen of Stanly County equally. Prejudices and personal judgments of other people and their politics have no place in our jobs. The people of this county are my responsibility. I don’t play politics with the law or with this office, and I don’t have the patience or the time for those who do. I’m experienced enough to know that politics don’t make a person, and it’s a mistake to base decisions that affect people’s lives based on personal opinions.

Speights: The politics involved in the sheriff’s office is very unfortunate and often a huge road-block for carrying out the responsibilities of being a sheriff.  However, the politics must be strictly scrutinized to ensure good moral, ethical, and sound decisions can be made.

Republicans

G. Burris: I would provide and promote a fair, positive and respectful department. To treat all citizens fair and never make empty promises that cannot be kept. To let everyone know that their concerns and questions are important and I will treat everyone fairly. But since the Sheriff’s Office is an elected position their will always be some type of politics because the sheriff and all personnel work for the Stanly County taxpayers. The taxpayers deserve the best Sheriff's Office we can provide them and having a sheriff with a backbone and leadership skills will help with keeping things fair. The sheriff sets the pace for the office.

Frick: In my opinion it is not a political office, it is the responsibility of the sheriff and his office to serve the citizens of Stanly county equally regardless of political affiliation.

Poole:  The oath of office does not say to serve a party. My obligation as sheriff would be to serve all the people. Obviously, I have a conservative mindset but that would not keep me from upholding my oath of office.

Whaley: Ethics and integrity should be a cornerstone of any law enforcement office.  Our main purpose of existence is to serve and protect every individual equally.  When an emergency call is dispatched, we don’t ask what their party affiliation is, or the color of their skin or their socioeconomic background. I am indebted to no group or party affiliation when it is time to dispatch the business of the Sheriff’s Office. If it should be anyone’s intention to gain favor from me by a political party pressuring, their efforts will be in vain.  My job is to serve and protect and dispatch the function of my office to everyone equitably.  

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