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Gene Arnold, Democrat

by Gene Arnold

Sanders County is a unique county. It’s big, it’s diverse, and it doesn’t have very many people. But the people who call this beautiful county home deserve the best leadership and law enforcement possible. For over seven years that leadership has been provided by me, your Sheriff, Gene Arnold.
    I’ve considered it a privilege to serve the people of Sanders County for almost 20 years in the Sheriff’s Department, first as a reserve, then as a deputy, as Undersheriff and now for two terms as Sheriff. Because of the progress we have made in operating a responsible and fiscally conservative office, and because I have a longstanding knowledge of the needs and wants of the people of this county when it comes to law enforcement, I am seeking re-election.
    Why should the people of this fine county put me in office for a third term? The reasons, I believe, are many. I’m a native here, born and raised in Thompson Falls. Having lived here all my life, I know this county and I know the people who live here – your concerns, your rights and your desire for qualified, effective protection under the laws of our nation, state and county.
    I’ve traveled every highway, road and track from Heron to Niarada, Bull River to Dixon, and I recognize the variety of needs people have from one end of the county to the other, and that the most common need of all is a sense of security in your homes, in your businesses and when you travel.
    I have worked hard with the staff in the Sheriff’s Department and throughout the county offices to streamline our operations and make them more efficient and beneficial to you, the residents of our valley. With the help of over $400,000 in grant money in addition to our annual budgets, I have succeeded in making the department more responsive to your needs.
    We still face big challenges as the department is understaffed, we have need of a detective, and the budget has hardly changed since I first took office in 1995. But with careful management of funds and developing creative resources for additional funding such as the grants and housing state inmates, we have kept stride with and even made great improvements in providing the kind of service you expect and hope for from your Sheriff’s Department.
    Are there still improvements to be made? Certainly. As your Sheriff I will continue my efforts in developing cooperation and trust between residents and the department; I will continue to pursue officer training so each and every one can better serve you; and I will protect and live up to the respect the Sheriff’s Office has earned under my direction; and I will fairly and equitably administer our laws for the safety of all.
    I know what it’s like to live in a rural county. Sanders County has been my home since birth, and, as for many of you, I love it here. Except for my time with the U.S. Navy and the two tours I spent in Vietnam, I have been right here as your neighbor. For the past 34 years I’ve lived with my wife, Dralin. I’ve served as a volunteer fireman for the Thompson Falls Fire Department; I belong to the Thompson Falls Road and Gun Club, the NRA, I’m a member of the local VFW and the Senior Center, and Dralin and I attend Thompson Falls Community Congregational Church.
    When it comes right down to it, I’m just like you – someone who wants to live their life and raise their kids in a safe environment among friends and neighbors. I respect your privacy and pledge to enforce our laws to the best of my ability. Thanks to the training and experiences I’ve had over the years, I feel I am fully qualified to offer you the best service possible as Sanders County Sheriff.
    If you have questions about anything regarding the Sheriff’s Department, you’re invited to attend the second Annual Hawaiian Luau at the Thompson Falls Senior Center Saturday, June 1. You’ll be able to find me easily, as my wife and I will be the chefs serving up pit-roasted pork and turkey. Please feel free to join us at 5:00 p.m.
    I’m always happy to answer any questions you have as my ongoing commitment to being the most responsible Sheriff I can be for the people of Sanders County.

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