I think it's a good thing. The best reason for competition is that it always brings out fresh ideas, a reflective look on what is right and wrong, as well as promise for better things in the future.
Make no mistake. These are two good candidates. One—Clark Millsap—is an incumbent who, as I have stated before, has made the BCSO a better agency in any measurable sense. Of course there is room for improvement and you can rest assured that he wants to hear from you about how to do it. The challenger—Dan Knowles—is a man with substantial experience in school policing and administration. Both are educated.
While I thought it best not to allow comments on my original offering, my position has now changed. You can believe that both men will read this, and any comments posted.
Use this Patch blog to offer what you think are reasonable and constructive comments and/or advice to either or both candidates. My biggest fear was the original offering would bring inflammatory comments like another forum out there but I have found that this has not been the case on Patch.
I invite you to state your opinions, beliefs and wishes for how you think the sheriff's office could better serve the citizens of Bartow County—especially now in these times of financial distress.
I will limit my responses to these comments to those areas in which I have particular knowledge or insight. You should treat anything I may post that is an opinion as exactly that—one man's opinion.
Who knows? Maybe the candidate's themselves will choose to respond to you in this forum.