As of Tuesday, November 1, 2016
On Nov. 8, county voters will get to choose who will lead our sheriff’s office. Lots of people have an opinion, and a few even stick to the facts. That is what I will try to do.
I do not personally know Sheriff Giddings. However, I do have concerns about his judgment and professionalism, based on actions he has taken as our sheriff. First, the suspension of a deputy who has served with honor and distinction appears suspect. It looks like the suspension has a lot to do with Mr. Martinez’s decision to oppose the sheriff in a free and fair election. Why not lay out your agenda, let your opponent do the same, and then let the voters decide (the American way)? Be a professional and have a little confidence in the people.
Second, I want a sheriff that values and defends the entire Bill of Rights (and Constitution), not just his favorite amendment. Individuals get to vote and endorse whomever they choose. As professionals, county and local law enforcement agencies can and should work together, regardless of who wants who wants to be sheriff. Mr. Giddings seems to struggle with this notion. It shouldn’t be a personal affront that someone supports your opponent.
I do know Carlos Martinez. I don’t know him well, but I know he is a bright, hard-working professional who has lots of good ideas. I found him quite impressive at the community meeting I attended (too bad some of the naysayers couldn’t make it). I also know that he is a tireless contributor to his community, especially the young people. You would be hard-pressed to find more caring, helpful people than Carlos and his wife. They are the ones who don’t turn away from needy, vulnerable members of the community. I have great respect for both of them.
I will be casting my vote for Carlos this year, because I know he will bring those same values, talents and behaviors to the sheriff’s office. Please give him your full consideration.