Bucks County voters on Tuesday will selected between Fred Harran and Mark Lomax, two lifelong public servants with simple credentials, to be the following sheriff.
Harran, a Republican, and Lomax, a Democrat, have each served the general public for greater than twenty years.
Lomax is a retired Pennsylvania State Police director who serves on the Warrington Township Board of Supervisors. Harran is a 29-year veteran of the Bensalem Township Police Department and at present the township’s director of public security.
As every possess qualifying credentials to be the following sheriff, the election might come right down to the administration kinds of every candidate and the way they take care of tentpole points, akin to rising regulation enforcement range and navigating the division via the “defund the police” motion.
Voters may even have to decide on between Harran’s intensive native expertise and Lomax’ huge worldwide regulation enforcement pedigree.
Lomax is a member of the Worldwide Affiliation of Chiefs of Police, labored in a element for the United Nations and served as govt director of the Nationwide Tactical Officers Affiliation.
On range, Harran established a partnership with the NAACP Bucks County to determine transparency and accountability in native regulation enforcement. Lomax, himself the product of a change in regulation enforcement recruiting that expanded outreach to minority communities, vowed to proceed working with the NAACP and internally, will help ongoing efforts to spice up range.
Each candidates imagine the defund the police mantra is a net-negative, and help elevated funding to police departments. Harran and Lomax every stated the defund the police tactic is poisonous, however Lomax went a step additional, noting the defunding the police drumbeat was legitimately born from numerous particular person’s adverse encounters with regulation enforcement.
Each have vowed to help native regulation enforcement companies, and can work with them to realize commonsense reform, however have intimated that regulation enforcement wants extra help and sources, not much less.