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March 4, 2014

Democrat candidates compete

Editor’s Note:

This is the first profile of candidates running in contested races in Jefferson County for the March 18 Primary Election. Today, the Democrat candidates for Jefferson County Sheriff are highlighted.

MT. VERNON — Three candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination for Jefferson County Sheriff — R. Joseph Porter Jr., Travis Allen and incumbent Roger D. Mulch.

Porter, said he is running for the position to better the community.

“I’ve served my country in the Army, I’ve served families through being a foster parent of 14 children, and now I want to serve my community as the new sheriff,” Porter said. “I have been a full-time deputy at Jefferson County for over 14 years. I worked for Bonnie Police from 2008 to 2010. I attained my degree in criminal justice with a 4.0 grade point average. I served in the Ary for over 20 years with the majority of it in personnel administration before retiring as a first sergeant. I care greatly for my community.”

Porter said there is inadequate coverage of the county due to lower staffing of deputies.

“With the loss of (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) detainees, the empty jail beds are a concern as this will cause financial burden on the jail and potentially a burden on local taxpayers,” Porter continued. “Last, there is a problem with substance — whether it’s alcohol, illegal drugs or misuse of prescription drugs.

“I will tackle the issues surrounding the sheriff’s office and jail. I will work with the State’s Attorney to ensure that repeat offenders get tougher sentences. Because I care for children, I will reinstate the (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program and create a scared straight program. This will save some of them from future problems with the criminal justice system. Finally, I will aggressively pursue the criminals that operate in our neighborhoods.”

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