Letter to the editor: Sheriff’s office just fine as is

Published 10:52 am Thursday, December 9, 2021

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To the editor:
Some things need to be clear at an election for sheriff. Many people have misconceptions about certain things. I’m here to clear up one that I’ve heard too often.
Some people claim that if you work for the current sheriff that you have no choice but to back him for re-election. Well, this is not true and is told to make it look like those that work for him only back him because of their job. That is their way of saying that a deputy (like myself) shouldn’t matter and should have no thoughts or meaning towards any sheriff’s election. They also say this in hopes that it will belittle the importance of my stance thinking people won’t listen to what I have to say.
Here is reality: I am now dealing with my third election while being a deputy sheriff in Davie. I have never been asked, told, required, blackmailed or threatened as to who I would vote for. I have never been required to put up yard signs or help my bosses with anything for their campaigns. The fact is, if I didn’t like my sheriffs you wouldn’t have heard a word from me at election time. Its not required and I have a backbone and will only support what I believe is the best for the county.
Those who believe otherwise, I’ll be right here to take whatever questions you have that I can honestly answer. I back JD Hartman because he is the logical choice. The job of the sheriff is way more complex than people on the outside looking in think.
And for those who don’t know it, you can only bring in outsiders as new support if sheriff’s standards approves them. Its not like the old days any longer.
I’ve been doing this a long time and I know a lot of people. I’ve always gotten along with just about everyone and would have no reason to not be trusted in this matter.
Last note: I wouldn’t have put this post up if I didn’t keep getting contacted about certain people passing a lot of misinformation that absolutely no one is falling for. It’s a small county and the normal republican voters here know that the sheriff’s office is just fine how it is.
Mike Butero