To The Editor:
The easily anticipated announcement by the current Lee County Sheriff opens the door to multiple debates that will provide Lee County citizens with the information they need to elect their new sheriff in 2012.
Now that the sheriff has announced his attempt at another term, I can formally challenge him as well as the other candidates to a series of professionally moderated, video-taped debates that Lee County deserves. We cannot keep the citizens of Lee County in the dark. They deserve to see their candidates stand shoulder to shoulder, to debate the topics that are important and critical to their very safety.
The people need to understand how their money is being spent, amongst other very important, insightful and significant issues. There has been a lack of consistency in the leadership of the Sheriff's Office, and in the midst of this crisis, I wish to bring accountability and answers to the people.
I challenge any and all candidates to these debates because there is nothing more sacred than the right to vote. It is a right that I have fought for, millions have sacrificed for, and one which many across the globe do not have. It is vital that we stand before our citizens for questioning and judgment. It is their right.
It is in the interest of the public to have such debates conducted on neutral ground, moderated by a neutral party such as a professional representative from each major media outlet. It is important that all candidates be involved.
I just hope that the other candidates feel as passionately as I do to have the opportunity to willingly stand before the taxpayers to be judged on the issues at hand. After all, the sheriff works for the taxpayers, not the other way around.
Republican Candidate for Lee County Sheriff