Democrats can’t vote for sheriffunless they change parties
On Aug. 10, the Republican Party will have effectively elected the Summit County sheriff. This is because the two candidates for the position, John Minor and Mike Phibbs, are both Republicans and the winner will run unopposed in November. I would therefore challenge all Democrats of Summit County to make a difference in this election and vote for the best candidate for sheriff. How? First, go to the Web sites of each candidate and check out their qualifications. Minor’s site is at http://www.minorforsheriff.com, and Phibbs’ site is at http://www.phibbs4sheriff.com. After reviewing these sites, it is apparent to me that there is only one clear-cut choice of candidates. It is obvious to see immediately who is the most qualified, experienced, and ready to meet the challenge of being the Summit County sheriff. Minor was appointed as interim sheriff, pending the outcome of the election. He has minimal professional education in law enforcement, and worked only briefly in the Sheriff’s Office more than 10 years ago. He has minimal experience in command-level supervision, has minimal experience working with budgets and is not endorsed by our former sheriff, Joe Morales.On the other hand, Phibbs holds a master’s degree in law enforcement, nine years experience working in the Sheriff’s Office, experience as a division commander, experience as a school resource officer, experience running the jail, experience working with large budgets, experience supervising personnel, experience in large program development and implementation.Morales strongly endorses him. Phibbs is also involved in the community as president of the Optimists, is actively involved with the schools, and is a 4-H leader. He is a youth sports coach, a volunteer for the Summit Prevention Alliance and active in his church. Comparing all of the qualifications and overall character and community involvement of each candidate, Phibbs is clearly our best choice for sheriff.As a Democrat, what can you do next? It will be hard to swallow, but you will need to change party affiliation so you can vote in the August Republican primary. It’s really not that hard to do, as there is a simple form that is available at the Summit County Courthouse in Breckenridge and at all of the town halls. The deadline to change is Monday. It takes about three minutes to fill out, but the immediate submission of the form is crucial.After the primary, you can change back to your party, knowing that you had a choice in this key position.Richard Peacockinterim Republican until after the primarySilverthorne
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