Election Day, June 18, is drawing near, and we will have the opportunity to decide who will be our sheriff until the 2020 election.
Voters have had the opportunity to hear and see the candidates at several forums. We have seen campaign signs, newspaper ads and Facebook comments.
For the people who know the candidates, you may have already made up your mind as to who you are voting for. But what about the number of Coweta voters who do not know any of the candidates, who are you voting for?
You might be thinking, were the responses in the forums and on Facebook just campaign rhetoric or are they real issues. Are there really morale problems within the department, and is Coweta County experiencing gang crimes like other communities? What do you believe, who do you believe?
If these are some of the questions you have about these candidates, draw on your own experiences while living in this county. Is morale a problem? The next time you see a sheriff’s department employee, ask them about the morale.
Better still, ask the spouse or close friend of a sheriff’s department employee. I think after a few minutes talking with them you will have the answer to that question.
What about gangs in our community? No one has denied that there are gangs in Coweta County. Our sheriff’s department has been very proactive in fighting gang crimes. So how bad is the gang problem in this county?
Again, ask yourself, what has been your experience with gang crimes. When was the last time you, a relative or friend has been the victim of, or even witnessed any gang crime in Coweta County? Campaign rhetoric or real issue?
There have been statements that it is time for a change in our sheriff’s office. How do you determine if we need a change? Maybe the best way to answer this question is for you to step out on your front porch after dinner this evening.
Look up and down your street. Listen to the sounds in your neighborhood. I am quite content with the way things are in my neighborhood, and I don’t want things to change. What about your neighborhood? Ready for a change?
A number of other people apparently like the way things are in this county, seeing as there is a great influx of people moving into this county. Not very many people are leaving this county due to crime, or poor morale, or in search of a better quality of life.
As you consider who to vote for, research the candidate’s commitment to this county. Which candidate has spent his entire law enforcement career working in this community?
Which candidate has experience in all areas of the inner workings of a sheriff’s department? Which candidate has been at a convenience store in your community at 6:30 a.m. or gone door to door in your neighborhood at 6:30 p.m. seeking your support?
Which candidate has held meet and greets in your neighbor’s homes or neighborhood community rooms, giving you the opportunity to speak one on one with him?
There is only one candidate who has done more than ask for your vote; he has worked for your vote. That candidate is Lenn Wood. I think if you consider the options, you will see that Lenn Wood is the best candidate for sheriff of Coweta County, and Lenn will continue giving of himself to this county, just as he has done over the past 40 years.
Rodney F. Riggs