Sheriff Debate Begins
OR - On March 8, 2005 in the Josephine County building in Cave
Junction, Oregon, candidates for county sheriff met with local residents
to state their qualifications and answer questions from the audience.
The event sponsored by the Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce drew
a significant crowd who listened intently to each candidate. Those running
are Brian Anderson, of Merlin; Donald L. Fasching, of Selma; Gil Gilbertson,
of Grants Pass; and William “Spike” Kelly, of Williams.
Gil Gilbertson, Don Fasching, "Spike"
Kelly and Brian Anderson
Of the four men
who addressed the public, “Spike” Kelly and Gil Gilbertson
won the most applause and the general consensus was that they seemed
to be the one's to watch. Several Illinois Valley residents commented
that Gilbertson seemed to be the most qualified, but that Kelly won
the crowd with his natural demeanor. According to these residents both
Fasching and Anderson seemed to lag in appeal as their choice for sheriff.
One attendee offered his
commentary and stated, “Spike came across as a 'good
friend' and Gilbertson as the most experienced and even though Don (Fasching)
had a great presence, he admitted that he didn't know anything about
running a jail. I think that hurt him. And what was the deal with (Brian)
Anderson? He looked like his head was going to explode, was stoic, and
came across like he didn't want to be here ... he kept looking at his
The four men were
asked a myriad of questions by the audience ranging from how they would
combat the poor morale of the deputies to their feelings on a public
review board and how they would handle the growing transient population
in the local park.
All of the candidates and their positions were fairly consistent with
one another with few exceptions. Being one of the main issues of the
evening, however, was opinion on a public review board and the members
varied in their responses. Both Fasching and Anderson were not in favor
of public review boards while Kelly and Gilbertson were, in varied forms.
The primary to
be held May 18th will determine if one candidate is the overall winner
and next sheriff, or if there is not a majority vote for one particular
candidate, the top two will run off in the general election held this
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