The incumbent advantage in Taylor County sheriff’s race


Political incumbency is the place to be, where unspoken perks lurk.

Take for example the contest for sheriff in Taylor County, in west Texas, where incumbent Les Bruce is being challenged by Ricky Bishop.

At a recent debate, Bishop reportedly claimed that three inmates with felony warrants had been mistakenly released from the county jail in the past two months, which is overseen by Sheriff Bruce’s office.

The assertion was disputed in the Abilene Reporter-News by Lt. Terrie Noret, Taylor County Jail commander, who works for the sheriff. Noret was speaking on behalf of jail operations, no doubt. But in the course of doing so, Noret also made a de facto defense of candidate Bruce.

Bishop stands by his allegation, the story reports.

It’s quite a race over there in Taylor County. In May, another challenger, Art Casarez, announced he had taken a drug test. He passed.

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