As we head into the new year many of us will be making our New Year’s resolutions. Of course my mind has been focused on the campaign and the upcoming discussions we’ll be having on the issues. Unlike a New Year’s resolution, which we often make with the best of intentions but just as often we fail to keep, I want to make sure that my campaign promises are sincere and something that I can faithfully uphold. After all, the citizens deserve a Sheriff that does what he says he’s going to do.
Our discussion on the importance of faithfully adhering to campaign promises led to a discussion of political pledges. As you know it’s become very popular over the last several years for political candidates to be asked by special-interest groups to sign a pledge. Some candidates sign pledges and some don’t sign. Of course this decision depends on the particular pledge and the politician’s particular point of view. Frankly, the decision to sign or not sign a pledge is more often based on a politician’s desire to win favor with a particular group rather than a desire to serve their entire constituency.
It’s my view that the office of County Sheriff is a unique political office. It’s not a position in which special-interest groups should have influence. The Sheriff’s job is to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of all citizens regardless of race, gender, socio-economic status, or political views. The Sheriff does this by enforcing the laws of the United States, the State of Washington, and Clark County. The Sheriff pledges to uphold and enforce these laws when he takes the oath of office.
With this in mind, my policy for this campaign is that I will not sign political pledges. I will be a Sheriff that looks after the safety and security of our community regardless of politics. My pledge to the people of Clark County will be my oath of office when I’m sworn in as Clark County Sheriff. I upheld the first oath of office that I took at the beginning of my 35-year law enforcement career and I’ll continue to uphold it as Sheriff of Clark County.
That’s my pledge.