Challenger seeks debate with sheriff



LEESBURG — David Cheshire says he wants to clear up some misinformation being spread by supporters of Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals, and Cheshire says he’d like to do so publicly.

Cheshire, who was a lieutenant with the Lee Sheriff’s Office under Rachals before resigning in December to announce he would run for the office, challenged Rachals to “any type of public forum he’d like” as their July 31 Republican Primary showdown approaches.

“It doesn’t necessarily have to be a debate,” Cheshire said of his challenge offer Wednesday. “I’d just like to meet with Sheriff Rachals in some type of public forum where we both can discuss the issues that are important to this race.

“The Leesburg American Legion offered to have such a forum earlier this month, but Sheriff Rachals did not respond to their request. I think the taxpayers of Lee County deserve to hear what we both have to say.”

Contacted about Cheshire’s challenge, Rachals said he had no interest in any such forum.

“That’s not something I feel like I need to do,” the sheriff said. “I really don’t have the time. I feel that I’ve done enough in my almost four years in office to run this campaign on my record.”

Cheshire said he’s not heard of Rachals spreading misinformation about his opponent during the campaign, but that supporters of the incumbent sheriff had made claims that were patently false.

“Some people have told me that some of Sheriff Rachals’ supporters told them I was planning to decrease the number of deputies patrolling in the county if I’m elected,” Cheshire said. “That’s just not true. In fact, one of my campaign platforms is to revamp the department so that we have more deputies patrolling the county. I’m all about the uniform division.”


willie 3 years, 5 months ago

Mr. Cheshire, with all due respect sir, you allready look as though you have "mud" on your face with those whiskers. No need to sling...................


VSU 3 years, 5 months ago

What is there to debate? I thinik Rachels has done a good job as sheriff. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.


Shinedownfan 3 years, 5 months ago

I know, VSU, everything seems fine the way It is. No need to change things up.


waltspecht 3 years, 5 months ago

I think about every challenger, has asked the incumbant for a debate. I don't ever remember an incumbant taking the risk of actually having one. Too many things could go wrong, and too many things could get drug out into the open. So they all take the safe course and say they will run on their record. All simply political maneuvering and depriving the Public of knowledge that might just sway their vote. Not saying either has anything to hide, but when you only ever hear one side, you just naturally have to question the other side. That is the opportunity that isn't there. I, for one, still want all Law Enforcement removed from the local political arena. Too many Politicians and their friends have way to much influence over those that are supposed to treat us all equally.


Hoodie 3 years, 5 months ago

Maybe this will get past the moderator... Whatcha hiding there Sheriff?


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