DALLAS COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) — Dallas County voters will choose between two law enforcement veterans in this year’s race for sheriff.
Sheriff Mike Granthum has been in the job for three years now, after more than 20 years working under former Sheriff Harris Huffman, Jr. Granthum says the sheriff’s office continues to move forward under his leadership and says crime is on the rise. down since he took office.
Donald Shepard is also a candidate for the elections. WSFA 12 News made numerous attempts to contact their campaign but never heard back. However, according to his campaign’s Facebook page, Shepard has 26 years of law enforcement experience, having worked as a Selma police officer and a lieutenant with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.
Both candidates say they want voters to consider their experience before heading to the polls, but Granthum says the difference here is that he won’t need any on-the-job training if he were to be re-elected .
“Now is when we can’t afford to hire someone who needs work experience,” he said. “We need someone who is ready to go to work from day one, as is the case with crime. Maybe 15 or 20 years ago you could have got by with that. The crime was not as serious, was not as endemic as it is. But now, the first day in the office, you have to be ready to go to work, and I believe we are ready for people.
Both candidates are running as Democrats, and without a challenger, the winner of this primary will be the sheriff.
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