Mercer County Republican Sheriff candidates

Originally Posted Online: March 09, 2014, 11:00 pm
Last Updated: March 11, 2014, 12:42 pm
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By George J. Howard

I will put 33-plus years of public service experience, training and education to work for the citizens of Mercer County.

That experience includes:

--22 years U.S. Army (retired) sergeant major.
-- Decorated combat veteran.
-- Seven years police officer in Mercer County.
-- Current member of the Mercer County Board representing District, chairing the Law Enforcement Committee and serving on five other county board committees.

My highest priority is to keep the peace and protect all citizens and visitors of this county. Under my guidance, the men and women of the sheriff's department will diligently investigate and bring to justice those criminals who threaten the safety of our homes, schools and families.

There will be special protection emphasis for children and our senior citizens. Our children are our future and must be protected and nurtured to assume all of our community leadership roles. Our senior citizens are our greatest generation. If we listen, they can provide us with a unique opportunity to learn from their life experiences. They should be included in all of our crime prevention decisions.

Top Priorities:

-- Provide fair, impartial and effective law enforcement for all residents and visitors of the county.

-- Efficiently manage taxpayer money to ensure the most law enforcement effort for every tax dollar. We must learn to do more with less.

-- Be accountable to Mercer County Board and taxpayers for all Sheriff Department activities.

Name: George J. Howard

Hometown: Aledo

Occupation: US Army, retired after 22 years US Army (retired) sergeant major; and decorated combat veteran. Seven years as police officer in Mercer County

Political experience: Member of the Mercer County Board representing District 1, chair of the Law Enforcement Committee and serves on five other county board committees


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