February 24, 2010 Edition

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Slaughter announces
candidacy for sheriff

Lewis Slaughter of Black Rock has formally announced his decision to run for the office of Lawrence County sheriff with the following statement:

"Serving the citizens of this county during two terms on the Lawrence County Quorum Court has helped me gain a real appreciation for the problems faced by the citizens.

"Many of you know that I own the Black Rock Auction. I want you to know that if you elect me, I will be a full-time sheriff, as my wife and daughter will be taking over the family business.

"In my opinion, the county needs and deserves a full-time commitment to this office. I especially believe the rural businesses, farmers, citizens and homeowners and property owners need the focus and dedication of their only law enforcement agency.

"Lawrence County has a major problem with meth labs, most of which are being operated in the rural areas of the county, not on the highways. Our state troopers and highway police do a commendable job of keeping our highways safe and our city police departments take good care of our towns. Our rural areas deserve the same level of care and dedication.

"I believe in a fast response to calls from county residents, as well as full investigations of crimes reported. I also believe the county sheriff's office should be ready and willing to assist city, state and federal departments any time they are needed. Until that help is requested, the job of your county office is to protect rural areas with their full attention and constant patrol 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"Over the years, I have tried to support non-profit organizations and local projects, including schools and fire departments, with both my time and financial donations. These include schools, fire departments and local organizations. Some of the organizations that I am and have been involved in are: Black River Area Development (BRAD), governing board member; Lawrence County Quorum Court, two terms; Hoxie and Walnut Ridge Rails to Trails chairman; Kiwanis Club; and Lions Club. I am also a licensed Arkansas Auctioneer.

"I believe strongly in an open door policy at the sheriff's office. This policy will be implemented.

"In the following months I will be campaigning door to door trying to make contact with each citizen of Lawrence County. In doing so, I hope to earn your respect and support, as well as gain your vote for Lawrence County sheriff on election day."

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