Travis County Sheriff • Democratic candidates Q&A

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Travis County sheriff nDemocratic candidates

Lake Travis | Westlake Primary Election Guide Sally Hernandez[/caption]

Sally Hernandez


www.vote4sally.com
Experience: Successfully led two county law enforcement agencies; Chief of Investigations for District Attorney’s office; current elected Constable, Pct. 3; possess education, training, experience



Why are you running for county sheriff?


I am the only person in this race who has been elected to office, said I am going to do something, and get it done. Right now is not the time for on-the-job training. As a current chief executive of a law enforcement agency, I will be able to hit the ground running on day one.







Lake Travis | Westlake Primary Election Guide Todd Radford[/caption]

Todd Radford


www.radfordforsheriff.com
Experience: 27-year law enforcement career; experience at city, county, state levels; Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Executive & Strategic Leadership; 14-year teacher of police best practices



Why are you running for county sheriff?


I grew up in Travis County and love this community, and we need a sheriff who’s ready to hit the ground running on day one. My executive experience and record of successful reforms—from implementing a body camera program to improved mental health training—prove I’m ready to be Travis County’s next sheriff.







Lake Travis | Westlake Primary Election Guide Don Rios[/caption]

Don Rios


www.riosforsheriff.com
Experience: 23-year career in Travis County Sheriff’s Office; mental health certification from Texas Commission on Law Enforcement; SWAT team leader; licensed to work in county jail



Why are you running for county sheriff?


I am running to increase officer accountability, make the sheriff’s office reflective of our diverse community, expand transparency and implement a fully funded body-camera program. As a native Austinite and lifelong Democrat, I want my county to be a great place to raise a family and endure as a beacon of progressive values. If elected, I will use my position to advocate for sincere criminal justice reform and increased mental health funding.







Lake Travis | Westlake Primary Election Guide John Sisson[/caption]

John Sisson


www.sissonforsheriff.com
Experience: Joined Austin Police Department in 1978; earned 44 citizens commendations for service; Distinguished Service of Valor, Honorable Conduct medals; current Sergeant, Constable Pct. 1



Why are you running for county sheriff?


For too long leadership within the Travis County Sheriff’s Office has failed to listen. It has shut concerned citizens out, wasted our tax dollars and mismanaged our jail. The sheriff’s department should reflect Travis County’s diversity, and yet it has failed to promote highly qualified women or minorities up the ranks. And immigrants live in fear of the police, afraid to even report crimes. I was an Austin police officer for over 30 years, many of those as a patrolman working within the immigrant and minority communities. I know that we can do better.






The unopposed Republican candidate running for Travis County Sheriff is Joe G. Martinez.