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Cheshire to officially kick off Lee sheriff bid

LEESBURG — Although he's been meeting and talking with county citizens about the job for months now, David Cheshire, who has announced his candidacy for the Lee County Sheriff's office, will officially kick off his campaign Saturday at a rally.

Cheshirestepped down from his position as a first lieutenant with Lee Sheriff's Office this past Dec. 1, announcing a week later his intention to challenge his former boss, Sheriff Reggie Rachals, for the office Rachals has held since unseating longtime Sheriff Harold Breeden in 2008.

"We're going to put our platform out there (Saturday), let the people know our plans for the sheriff's office," Cheshire said Monday morning. "I don't want to tear (Rachals) down, but there are three areas I believe need to be addressed.

"I believe the sheriff must work within the means of the budget and be accountable for taxpayer money; I think better drug education must be made available, that we need to talk with our school kids rather than just handing out coloring books with 'Say No to Drugs' written on them, and I think we need to create a Sheriff's Citizens Academy that will get the public more involved with the sheriff's office."

Cheshire said one of the primary concerns he's heard while campaigning is that the sheriff's office has "forgotten the people of the county."

"I plan to treat every individual who lives in this county with the same passion, whether they're rich, poor, white, black, green or yellow," he said. "I plan to be available to the citizens of this county 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

Cheshire supporters have indicated Breeden plans to endorse the challenger.

In addition to talking about his platform, Cheshire and his campaign volunteers will feed those who attend the kickoff, which is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1104 U.S. Highway 19 South, adjacent to the Trailerland/A-1 Auto building.

Local singers Stephen Harrell and Faith Jackson will provide entertainment, while a number of activities are planned for children.

Qualifying for the sheriff's race and other county offices will start at noon May 23 and conclude at 5 p.m. May 25. Rachals has already announced his intention to seek re-election.

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Foxhound 2 years ago

The last thing we need in Lee County is someone that Harold Breeden is supporting. The citizens of Lee County let their feelings about that administration be known in the last election, when they voted Harold Breeden out of office and elected Reggie Rachals the Sheriff of Lee County. A vote for David Cheshire might as well be a vote for Harold Breeden, and his way of doing things. I think we had enough of that already.

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rosemarie 2 years ago

First mistake is listening to Harold Breeden

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chokeevoter 2 years ago

As a 30 plus year lee county voter i witnessed the rise and fall of former Sheriff Breeden. I had voted for him every time he was elected. Anyone that has lived in this county for a while knows that Breeden brought this place a LONG way. When Rachals ran against Breeden I voted for Rachals, I was convinced by Rachals that he was an honest down to earth man, and that he would honor his promises of not raising Breedens budget, not firing employees out of spite and being available for the citizens. These things he told me face to face with a hand shake, have all proved to be untrue .3 times I have attempted to contact Rachals, and every time I have left messages with his staff and have not been contacted yet. Rachals campaign slogan "time for a change" just so happened to have been a change for the worse. We have more drugs, and crime in this county than we have ever had, and I very rarely see the nieghborhood patrolmen that we had before 2009. In my opinion, Rachals changed the good things Breeden had and made them bad. He changed the bad things and made them worse. It really doesnt matter to me if Breeden endorses anyone I make up my own mind and am really looking forward to meeting Mr Cheshire, hopefully this time i will be a better judge of character.

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Foxhound 2 years ago

It looked more like a yard sale than it did a campaign meet & greet. Come to think of it, I've seen more people hanging out at yard sales than what I saw out there. I sure hope David Cheshire can drum up more support than what was hanging out with him Saturday afternoon. If not, I'm afraid that he's going to be severely disappointed come election day.

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