During the last election, several of you asked me to post a list of who the good candidates are. There are some candidate profiles already posted to this website, which provide information about the best choices for sheriff and county commissioners. Early voting starts today (Wednesday April 11th) and runs through April 26th. Election day is May 1st.
Please vote for Patrick England for Blount County Sheriff. I’ll give you two good reasons to vote for Patrick England.
1. Patrick has a plan to improve response time, when you call the sheriff’s office. Response times can be slow to some areas of the county. Patrick has studied the situation closely and will implement some much needed changes to have officers at your home or businesses quicker when you need them.
2. Patrick opposes jail expansion. He realizes that the overcrowding problem is largely due to the housing of discretionary inmates in the jail. There are state felons and pretrial federal inmates that do not have to be housed in the local jail. He does not think it is necessary to put Blount County further in debt to house inmates that the county does not have to house.
There are numerous reason not to vote for 28 year incumbent James Lee Berrong. He appears to have acted without authority when he signed the federal inmates contract without seeking commission approval.
Berrong has a history of threatening to burn peoples’ houses down. This is documented in a court opinion. Please read more here: If someone threatened to shave your dog, sugar your gas tank and burn your house down would you report them to the sheriff or vote for them for sheriff?
Berrong has gone unopposed for several terms. This is our chance to drain the swamp of Blount County government.
Let freedom ring!