I am not in the habit of endorsing candidates for any public office, but I feel compelled to make an exception in the Franklin County Sheriff's race. I know both candidates and respect them both as career law enforcement officers. However, I believe that Jim Raymond has the ability to modernize the sheriff's department by bringing new and fresh ideas through responsible leadership.
Jim Raymond exemplifies honesty, fairness and thoughtfulness and will use those qualities to create an improved sheriff's department for both citizens and employees alike. Given his experience and training, Jim has the necessary skills to implement new programs and ideas which can only improve police/community relations and result in a lower crime rate.
He has a passion for public service and strongly believes in the importance of being an active participant in his community. I believe that Jim Raymond will make a positive impact on the office of sheriff and will strive to make important improvements by creating operational efficiencies that improve the department's overall services to Franklin County and its residents.
Please vote for Jim Raymond for Franklin County Sheriff.
DENIS AUSTIN, Kennewick