Endorsement for Sheriff of San Bernardino County
By Dave Henderson
Saturday, June 5, 2010
After a great deal of research on the various candidates, I have been trying to decide who I would vote for and if I would follow a long standing tradition as a publisher and declare my endorsement of any candidates. I have never openly endorsed a candidate.
I do not believe in voting along party lines. I search to find the candidate who follows my beliefs and has the moral character and honesty that matters to me. Will the candidate sell their soul to obtain or stay in power? As with all of you, that decision is a very personal.
The one issue that we all face is learning about the person. Who are they really? What do they stand for and how will they lead? In today’s fast-paced 24 hour news cycle, we are bombarded with election ads and it’s next to impossible to separate the hype and attack from reality. This year I have taken a special interest in the position of Sheriff. Crime is something that affects all of us. The candidates are incumbent Rod Hoops, Paul Schrader and Mark Averbeck.
As I researched the candidates, one thing became obvious to me; Sheriff Hoops has the support of the county insiders. What is important to me is how they stand on the issues and how they will lead law enforcement in the largest County in the Nation – a County covering an area of 20,105 sq./miles with a mixture of metropolitan cities, mountains and deserts. Being a tech guy, the first thing I do is go to their campaign websites and search the web for information. Paul Schrader has posted an extensive list of his positions on the issues. Sheriff Hoops website does not have any information on the issues, just a bio and a list of endorsements.
To learn about the candidates and their positions, RIMOFTHEWORLD.net sent each a series of questions on the issues and reported their replies. Paul Schrader has been very active on various social networking sites so he could become known to the voters of the County and Sheriff Hoops has not. While I see many billboards and yard signs for Sheriff Hoops that does not tell me who he is. They do not tell me about his beliefs or plans for the county. Paul Schrader has listed his personal phone number in his campaign ads and has committed that he will not change it, if elected as Sheriff. Accessibility and accountability to the people is important to me. There are several people who have endorsed Sheriff Hoops whose opinion I value. Those people are employed by the county and some report to the Sheriff. How do I balance that?
While I have met both candidates, I feel that I know only one of them. Interestingly, he also shares my beliefs on the issues that face our County. In fact, his insightful argument changed my opinion on the tent city approach to housing criminals.
While I question the value of my endorsing a candidate, it is in the end, after all, a personal choice. Several of our readers have asked me for my opinion on who is the best choice. All three of these, I feel, are honorable men who have served the people for many years. I admire all of them for their service. I have decided that I will endorse Paul Schrader for Sheriff of San Bernardino County.
His openness is appealing to me. I believe he will take a hard line on crime and make the hard choices in a declining budget. He has committed to remove the good-old-boy network and streamline the Sheriffs department for the 21st century. He has demonstrated an understanding of modern technology that will be necessary for law enforcement in the years ahead. He has committed to stand by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and live by his oath of office. I feel fresh blood in the county will be a good thing and that Paul Schrader will bring a new outlook to the office of Sheriff.
Editors Note: This is a personal endorsement and does not reflect the opinion of RIMOFTHEWORLD.net or its staff.