Three candidates have introduced their intentions to run within the 2022 election for Buncombe County sheriff, together with incumbent Quentin Miller.
Miller beat Republican opponent Shad Higgins in a landslide victory in 2018, turning into the county’s first Black sheriff. Working in opposition to him this time are David Hurley, a Democrat, and Adrian “AJ” Fox, a Republican.
Although operating as a Democrat, Hurley was previously registered as a Republican and has stated that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump, in response to Asheville Watchdog.
In keeping with Hurley’s marketing campaign web site and his LinkedIn (listed below the title David Bentley), he served within the Marines for 4 years, got here again to the U.S. and grew to become a police officer in Raleigh, left the police to work personal safety in Afghanistan, after which began an web advertising firm, which he not too long ago offered.
Hurley’s opinions swing between ideological strains: On Aug. 9, he reposted a meme on his campaign Facebook page that claims, “When the wealthy rob the poor it’s known as enterprise. When the poor struggle again it’s known as violence,” whereas throughout a July assembly in Pack Sq., Hurley informed the group that if elected he’d intention to be a “constitutional sheriff.”
The constitutional sheriff is a small but growing ideological movement that believes county sheriffs are the highest-ranking regulation enforcement brokers within the nation, extra highly effective than native, federal or state police. The motion is supported largely by a mixture of far-right teams, from former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to the Oath Keepers, a militia group with many members tied to the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol revolt.
On Fox’s marketing campaign web site, he additionally says he’s operating as a constitutional sheriff.
“I’m operating so we will take our county again as a result of it’s gone downhill thus far with antifa and BLM,” Fox stated to the Citizen Occasions, explaining that he was referring to the protests in the summertime of 2020 in opposition to police brutality. He stated “heroin camps” and “needle trade applications” are different examples of the methods wherein the county has gone downhill.
Fox stated he wouldn’t suggest any coverage modifications, however that he would “implement the (insurance policies) which are already there.” He stated he would maintain federal immigrant detainees for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In 2019, Miller stopped holding immigrants for the company except they’d a warrant signed by a decide.
Fox has labored in regulation enforcement for 40 years. He stated he labored for the North Carolina State Freeway Patrol, the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Workplace for almost twenty years, the Lake Lure Police Division and the Haywood County Sheriff’s Workplace.
Whereas he was a Buncombe County deputy, Fox labored below Sheriff Bobby Medford. Medford was sentenced to 15 years in a federal jail for corruption and extortion. He died in June 2020 after contracting COVID-19 while incarcerated.
Over Miller’s tenure, he is enacted some insurance policies favorable to progressives. Along with ending the jail’s relationship with ICE, he has fired deputies accused of misconduct, together with the July 23 firing of Matthew Lund, who was charged with baby abuse. Following final summer season’s protests, Miller introduced a change to the division’s use of power coverage. Deputies at the moment are required to intervene in the event that they see a colleague utilizing extreme power.
The sheriff is at present grappling with deaths of people that have died whereas in custody of the Buncombe County Detention Middle, the administration of which Miller oversees. The household of Jacob Biddix, who collapsed contained in the jail in July 2020 and was declared lifeless quickly after, has stated Miller’s workplace failed to speak with them for almost a yr after his demise.
No debates are scheduled but, however each Fox and Hurley have expressed curiosity in debating Miller.
Clarissa Donnelly-DeRoven is the cops and courts reporter on the Asheville Citizen Occasions, a part of the USA At present Community. Electronic mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org, comply with her on twitter @plz_CLARify, or ship her a textual content 828-616-0742.