Sheriff of Josephine County candidate: Dave Daniel
RVM: What inspired you to run for this position?
DD: In 2012, Josephine County hit a fiscal cliff. I was working for the Grants Pass Police Department at the time and the impact on law enforcement’s ability to do our jobs was significant. It was at that time I had a choice to be part of the problem or part of the solution so in 2014 I ran for Sheriff in an attempt to be part of the solution. Over the last 8 years as Sheriff of Josephine County we have made great progress and it is my intention to continue providing the most professional public safety service possible.
RVM: What unique skill are you bringing to this position?
DD: I bring with me 28 years of law enforcement experience most of which is right here in Southern Oregon. I have worked for the Grants Pass Police, Josephine County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police making me well rounded. I have a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and a Masters in Management from Southern Oregon University. I also have the experience of being Josephine County Sheriff for the last 8 years.
RVM: What do you think Josephine County needs most, and how will you make that happen?
DD: Josephine County desperately needs stabilized sustainable funding. I will continue to bring measures to the table so our citizens have an opportunity to decide what level of law enforcement they want and how we are going to pay for it. We have been at the worst of times and I am determined to be a leader in the best of times.
RVM: What positive thing can you say about your opponent?
DD: I don’t know my opponent all that well. Unfortunately, 4 years ago he ran against me and he ran the ugliest campaign strategy I have ever seen. I choose to take the high ground and have no comment.
RVM: Your favorite historical leader and why:
DD: My favorite is President Theodore Roosevelt a true patriot. In particular is his “Man in the Arena” speech in Paris. If you get a chance, look it up and you will be the better for it.