Four-term incumbent squares off against newcomer in sheriff’s race
Challenger Lisa Sprague and Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell answer questions during an interview with the editorial board of the Tallahassee Democrat on Wednesday. / Michael Schwarz/Special to the Democrat
Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell said on Wednesday that if he is re-elected in November, he will stay his course, finding efficiency and forging partnerships with other agencies.
His opponent, Lisa Sprague, said she, too, would pursue efficiency and implement policies that would make it up-to-date.
“My vision for Leon County Sheriff is a new era of law enforcement in Leon County,” said Sprague, who is running with no party affiliation. “One that is built on teamwork, one that is built on modernizing and moving the sheriff’s office into the 21st Century.”
Democratic candidate Campbell, 69, and Sprague, 56, met before the Tallahassee Democrat’s editorial board to share their ideas for the county’s top law enforcement seat. They agreed the county has seen a rise in crime and that the department should consolidate some resources with other agencies. They differed in how they view cooperative relationships between the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies as well as differences about the proportion of racial groups represented in the county’s jail population.
The county saw an increased crime rate in the 2011 Annual Uniform Crime Report, released earlier this year by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. In 2011 there was a 5.7-percent increase in the crime rate from 2010, and a 6.3-percent increase in the overall volume of crimes.