The next election isn't until June but letters to the editor sections of newspapers are going to see many more people writing to them than usual for a midterm primary. The race with the most intensity ( do you know what else is intense?) so far is the contest to see who will be the next sheriff.
We haven't had a contested open seat race for sheriff in a generation. The candidates both know this could be their only chance at this seat during their careers. By the end I expect to see a very expensive race that tears at the political fabric of Ventura County in surprising ways. Both of the candidates are registered Republicans which means ideology and party support should be minimal.
Primary campaigns are often very personal because the ideological differences between the candidates are usually minimal. I expect a nonpartisan race for sheriff between two Republicans will follow the familiar primary model. I assume neither candidate is that far apart from the other on must issues. I doubt either of them is going to support medical marijuana or letting prisoners out because of the state budget. Both of them have great resumes with years of public service both in law enforcement and in local charities.
Here is a letter that supports my idea that the race will focus more on personal matters ( experience, community support, image) instead of policy:
To the Editor:
To Stop the Confusion
I am disturbed over some recent events involving one persons campaign for Sheriff of Ventura County. Dennis Carpenter has kicked off his campaign going by the name of "Carp".
I don't have much of an opinion on this matter. I vaguely remember the name Larry Carpenter before this campaign started but I don't know if I remember it for the current candidate or the previous office holder. Do you think many voters remember the other Larry Carpenter?