Publicola Picks John Urquhart for Sheriff

Publicola Picks, Oct. 29. 2012

In the King County Sheriff’s race, PubliCola picks John Urquhart. John Urquhart, the longtime spokesman for former King County sheriffs Sue Rahr and Dave Reichert, is the clear choice against appointed Sheriff Steve Strachan, an anti-choiceanti-tax, pro-gun conservative.

Strachan has been the target of two damning audits criticizing his office for its inconsistent internal investigations policies, and for losing or destroying important documents. (Strachan also held a fundraiser at a gun range, titled “Shootin’ With the Sheriff,” at a time when the Northwest and the nation were going through one of the worst years of gun violence in recent history.)

Urquhart has vowed to reform sheriff’s department policies in keeping with national best practices; has said he will return the department’s internal investigations unit to full strength; and has the endorsement of numerous King County police reform advocates, including Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, City Council public safety committee chair Bruce Harrell, and former US attorney (and pot-legalization advocate) John McKay.

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