Election 2012: King County Sheriff candidates’ forum

September 13, 2012 at 10:58 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle politics, White Center | 7 Comments

The King County Sheriff‘s race is a countywide vote, so when your ballot arrives next month, in advance of the November 6th election, you’ll have to choose between current Sheriff Steve Strachan – appointed when Sue Rahr resigned for a new job – and challenger John Urquhart. Their first joint appearance in this area was tonight in White Center, during the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council‘s quarterly Public Safety Forum, and it was an energetic hour-plus faceoff – all on video above. (That’s NHUAC’s Richard Miller introducing them, with Sheriff Strachan speaking first.)

7 Comments

  1. It’s worth watching the whole video, and especially the overall attitude and demeanor of both candidates. What’s weird is that Urquhart claims he didn’t want to be sheriff, even after working closely with the previous two sheriffs over the past 10 years. Seems like he’s just angry; angry about being passed over for the job, angry about the audit problems that he oversaw as a “senior policy advisor”, and angry that an outsider is coming in to reform the sheriff’s office. I’m voting for Strachan.

    Comment by Ron Roberts — 2:32 pm September 14, 2012 #

  2. That’s funny, I didn’t get that impression at all. I saw a person who retired from an organization that he loved and is seeing it ruined by the mistakes of the new guy. Strachan didn’t even comment on Urquhart’s point about 100 citizen complaints being lost due to Strachan’s decision to bypass internal investigations. It’s no wonder Strachan wants to only focus on the future, because his past is littered with mistakes in the short time he has been in charge. I’m voting for Urquhart and police accountability.

    Comment by Pete — 3:28 pm September 14, 2012 #

  3. Thank you for posting this video. It was very interesting and informitive. Both are good canidates.

    Comment by Dan — 5:19 pm September 14, 2012 #

  4. You mean “senior policy advisor?” When was the last time your boss listened to everything you’ve ever said? Go back and watch any video about the Matt Paul incident, you can see that Urquhart was pissed about the way it was handled. Pay special attention to when he says “we” versus “she” or “The Sheriff.”

    Comment by Pete — 6:16 pm September 14, 2012 #

  5. Sue Rahr. Republican. Anyone she appoints is not gonna get my vote. Your thoughts, kootch? LOL.

    Comment by West Seattleite — 7:31 pm September 14, 2012 #

  6. John Urquhart, endorsed by every Democratic organization in King County. Easy choice.

    Comment by Pete — 8:41 pm September 14, 2012 #

  7. Yes, that’s exactly what King County needs. Angry cops on the street, ticked off because their new boss Urquhart is a micromanaging control freak with a vengeful streak. But as long as he votes (D), it’s OK. Be sure to remember that when the Taser strikes you in the back.

    Comment by Ron Roberts — 1:19 pm September 27, 2012 #

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