Letter: Troubled about Brown's campaign for sheriff
I have been a resident of Warren for almost 20 years. I feel strongly that whoever is elected candidate for sheriff should have unquestionable integrity. Dave Brown and his campaign have raised many red flags for myself, and I am incredibly concerned.
After reading articles about Sheriff's Office candidates' campaign finance information, I am incredibly concerned that Mr. Brown has accepted the majority of his campaign funds from just one individual. Each and every time we see billboard after billboard along Highway 30 it reminds me of that one person who provided them to Mr. Brown to the tune of about $8,000.00. In addition, Mr. Brown has received several thousand more dollars in financial support from that one individual.
While I find it odd that one person would give such a large amount of money to this campaign, I find it even more troublesome that Mr. Brown would be comfortable and OK accepting that much money from just one contributor. I would think that avoiding the slightest appearance of impropriety would be the first thought, the right thing to do, and the responsibility of someone who is running for public office.
While this raised many concerns for me about Mr. Brown, his financial backer and his campaign, what was even more troublesome to me was information contained in the voters' pamphlet. Mr. Brown admits he gave a false statement in the voters' pamphlet, that the information printed in the voters' pamphlet was a gross misrepresentation of his experience in law enforcement management. In the voters' pamphlet, Mr. Brown states he has over 30 years' experience managing a law enforcement agency. The truth is he only has eight years' experience.
Mr. Brown's press release claims he does not know how this "mistake" happened. I, too, am not sure how something like this could occur because the candidate is responsible for the statement that appears in the voters' pamphlet, and the candidate is required to sign off on any information that will appear in the voters' pamphlet.
Did Mr. Brown write his own statement or did he have someone else write it for him? And if he had someone else write for him, why did he not proofread his own information to catch a discrepancy as big as that? However, if he did write this himself, why is he exaggerating his experience?
I don't think I would be comfortable with an individual who out of the gate isn't paying attention to details — what kind of sheriff is he going to make if he can't even get the information about his experience correct in a voters' pamphlet? These are just a few reasons why I am really questioning the integrity of this candidate. I'm questioning his ability to govern and oversee the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, and I just don't think he's the man for the job.