Letter: Stein for sheriff
To the Editor:
First, let me say, I admire and respect anybody who steps up to serve in public office. I greatly appreciate their vision and commitment to our community. That being said, we, the voters in Grand County, deserve a sheriff with impeccable character.
I am prompted to write this editorial by the blatant and deliberate untruths that were put out in the campaign and in the media. While I accept that negative campaign ads are part of the political landscape today, negative campaign ads that are untrue are NOT acceptable! Let me be direct: the fact that Mr. Schroetlin knowingly put out information that is patently false, is the very reason you should not vote for him. It is essential to have a sheriff that tells the truth!
Some examples: Contrary to assertions in recent Schroetlin campaign ads, there is no restraining order against John Stein nor did John have a business that failed. It is also extremely misleading for a campaign to use allegations by an ex-wife of abuse and assault, with full knowledge that the court documents show that she later admitted those allegations were false. Similarly, it is deceptive to state that John’s home was foreclosed: Yes, the former marital home awarded to his ex-wife was foreclosed on after John, per court order, stopped making the payments. Furthermore, it is also deceiving to the public to run “just the facts” ads that claim that the ad is a “paid political ad not associated with any candidate or candidate committee,” when in fact the ad was written by Mr. Schroetlin himself. If you were being investigated would such untruths and manipulation of the facts be acceptable to you?
Should you have any questions, John invites you to contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 979.531.2494.
Not only should untruths in campaign ads offend you, but know that legally they also have serious ramifications in law enforcement. There is legal concept called a “Brady violation”: A Brady violation is when a determination is made by the DA’s office that a law enforcement officer has made an untruthful statement, either written or spoken, in the course of his duties as a law enforcement officer. The consequence of a Brady violation is that it makes an officer’s testimony untrustworthy. This effectively precludes the DA from having that officer testify in court. If the campaign statements by Mr. Schroetlin constitute a Brady violation, it would undermine his ability to serve as the sheriff, as every smart defense attorney would capitalize on it. It is wholly unacceptable for law enforcement to manipulate or edit facts to mislead the public or the judicial system.
As many of you do not have the benefit of knowing John Stein, let me help you get a better appreciation for what he has done for our community. While John is a republican, he believes the sheriff’s office is here to serve all citizens of the county. He makes it priority to keep up with new case law, industry trends and is always current and involved with pending legislation affecting our community. His numerous awards and training certificates reflect this commitment to excellence. (I encourage you to look at the details at sheriffjohnstein.com). He is a lifetime member of the NRA. John has made it a priority to improve mental health resources in our county. His training and certification in SWAT, critical incident management, EMT and firefighting make him an invaluable asset to our community. It there were to be an issue in our community, you would want John to be there for you.
He also is the only candidate with actual experience of running a $4 million budget. He has successfully written over $567,000 of grants to fund acquiring state of the art radio equipment, protective vests, increase courtroom security, and officer training. $60,000 of additional grants are pending. I know John to be passionate about law enforcement, curious, thoughtful, and honest. As a lawyer I first got to know John and his wife professionally, and their intelligence and loyalty have made them close friends of mine.
It is telling that John was awarded full legal and physical custody of his three children of his first marriage. Also, as a parent it is meaningful to me that John has his children enrolled in East Grand School District. While it is Mr. Schroetlin’s choice to home school, what does that say about his belief and commitment to our community?
Bottom line, I encourage you to think about the real issues and to write in John Stein for sheriff.
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