Monday, August 29, 2005
Handicapping the Races
Warner reveals that Capt. Brad Kohrman is expected to run for the GOP nomination and, "reportedly has the support of incumbent Sheriff James Herman."
I'll add that Ken Fries (pronounced "freeze") is definitely running, at least according to the invitation I saw to the campaign fundraiser that City Councilman John Crawford is throwing for him.
This is shaping up to be the first election in at least a quarter-century in which neither the sheriff nor his chief deputy is seeking the GOP nomination for the office. Bill Smallwood, Herman's chief deputy, is nearing retirement and has repeatedly said he is not interested in the office. Don't be surprised to see Herman work to help raise Kohrman's profile in the months before next May's primary.
Sheriff's reserve officer Mike Foster has already declared for the GOP primary, and Lt. Kenneth Fries of the sheriff's department is also a likely candidate.On the Democratic side, the name of Mike Joyner, a city police officer, is being tossed around as a possible candidate against Tina Taviano, director of training for the sheriff's department.