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Van Beek for sheriff

I have read several articles from Daric Harvey telling how bad the sheriff’s department is and how he is going to do better. It sounds like he is campaigning against the current sheriff. What I really question is why would someone in his position as commander at the Vail Police Department want to give up the excellent benefit package that the town of Vail offers and take a substantial cut in pay to be elected sheriff. Campaigning costs money and to keep the job as sheriff he will have to campaign every four years instead of keeping his secure job with the town of Vail. Groceries, gas and housing should not cost him less just because he is elected sheriff. How many of you would take a cut in pay to work more hours? What is his motive?

Please take time to review the excellent qualifications of James van Beek at Mr. van Beek has the dedication, integrity, knowledge and skills to be our sheriff and he knows all of the county and many of its citizens including Basalt — not just the town of Vail.

If you are going to vote, it is important that you become familiar with all the candidates and issues so you can make an informed decision. If you don’t understand what or who you are voting for, please don’t vote. No candidate should be elected just because they belonged to one party or the other.

Mike Lederhause


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