Sheriff's Race: Candidates Weigh in on Drug Laws

This week on the Patch Podium, the candidates explain what role the sheriff's office should play in shaping legislation relating to prescription drugs and other forms of "legal highs."

Welcome to the Patch Podium, where candidates weigh in on the issues each week. 

This week, we asked candidates for Pinellas County Sheriff:

What role should the Sheriff's Office have in shaping legislation related to prescription medication abuse and "legal highs" such as herbal incenses (i.e., K2, Spice and bath salts)?

Click on each candidate's name to read their response:

We're asking one more question before the  on July 17 at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater Octagon Center, 2470 Nursery Road (6:30 p.m.). 

Let us know what issue you'd like to hear about from the sheriff's candidates! You can either participate in the poll below to help us finalize our last question or suggest one of your own. We'll use your input to ask about issues you care about most. 

The sheriff's candidate debate is free to attend, or you can watch Patch's live streaming coverage. It is sponsored by Patch, the  and Bay News 9.

Previous Patch Podiums:

J Parsons July 10, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Well...I made a comment yesterday that hes NOT doing his job...Hmmmm never made it to the comments...Sooooo HES NOT DOING HIS JOB....The pills mills and dealers and store owners who want to make a profit are MUCH smarter than he!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Katie Dolac July 10, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Hi J Parsons! Thanks for commenting! Your comment from yesterday is there! It is attached to an article of one of the candidates of whom I assume you are speaking.
Katie Dolac July 10, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Here is a link: http://patch.com/A-vRz2 (For some unknown reason the little green comment icon is not showing up from the homepage.)
J Parsons July 11, 2012 at 03:02 PM
WOW...NO comments...Hope the public wakes up before the election
Harvey A. Smith July 12, 2012 at 03:32 PM
The July 17th debate at the UUClearwater Octagon Arts Center next Tuesday at 7:00pm will be a real wake-up call for voters. It's the only real opportunity all qualified candidates have had to debate thus far. Honesty, integrity, experience, professionalism and knowledge of what's needed for the future of the agency are at the core of candidates' qualifications to lead the agency over the next four years. BN9, Al Reuchel, will ask tough questions about the personal and professional opinions and positions during the two-hour debate in front of over 300 (expected) voters. Perhaps the most important political race of the Pinellas County campaign season.


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