As a resident of Bedford County, I am closely watching the events surrounding the election for sheriff. It has been over two decades since the county has had a new sheriff and with Sheriff Brown’s retirement, that is exactly what we are about to get. An important date concerning this election is quickly approaching on June 11. On this date the Republican nominee will be determined which will set the stage for the election in November.

There are three candidates vying for this nomination and I think it is important to note that only one of them has longstanding service to this community. Mike Miller has been an integral part of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office for over 30 years and has served in nearly every aspect of the organization. His experience has helped him to establish solid connections with local businesses and organizations as well as knowledge and familiarization of the problems that face Bedford. He has developed personal connections with members of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies as well as departments within Bedford County that work together to address local issues – even those beyond law enforcement.

Some candidates have made grandiose campaign promises like a large cut to the budget or the elimination of “specialty units” while not even knowing what that would entail. The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office provides top-notch services to the citizens of the county. The elimination of services, by cutting the budget or personnel assignments, would reduce the effective services that the honorable men and women of our Sheriff’s Office provide.

The reality of the situation is, if you are satisfied and appreciate the service the Sheriff’s Office has and continues to provide and are eager to see what it can do with the right leadership, then the obvious choice is Mike Miller for sheriff.

HAROLD JONES

FOREST

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