Dear Tallahassee O,
I live in a very rural area of Leon County and I’m an ardent Lisa Sprague and Pete Williams supporter. I have been a very vocal opponent of Sheriff Larry Campbell and State Attorney Willie Meggs for many years because, like so many in Leon County, I’m tired of the blatant corruption and “good ole’ boy” system of law enforcement here. I have several Lisa Sprague and Pete Williams signs outside my business and home as well as on my work truck. My adult children, who are outstanding citizens and taxpayers, have been harassed by LCSO and TPD in the past, thus they have Lisa Sprague and Pete Williams signs on their vehicles too. I live beside a retired local LEO who, for lack of better terms, is a white trash redneck bully that harasses me and our neighbors, both adults and children, and when confronted, always threatens to arrest us. This LEO has been a nightmare for our previously peaceful neighborhood and the general consensus is myself and all the neighbors wish he would just move. The officer has a huge “Larry Campbell for sheriff” sign in front of his home, which should give you a clue of the agency he just retired from as a career LEO. A few days ago, as I drove in from work, he waved me over to him to where he was standing near the property line of my home and his rented home. Officer Redneck said “ya’ll got some nice signs for that woman runnin’ fer sheriff don’t ya’?”" Tired of his constant bad attitude I sarcastically replied “I slept through my redneck language classes in school but I believe you asked me about my signs. Yes I do have nice campaign signs. It’s time for Leon county to move into the 21st century.” The LEO glared and said “Well you people will figure it out real soon!” and stormed off. I’m sure “you people” was referring to my family being minorities. I didn’t have a clue what he meant until the following day, which was earlier this week. A few days ago as I left for work I noticed a LCSO patrol car parked in front of our home. In the years I’ve lived here this has never happened before that day. I called my office and asked them to call dispatch and inquire if there was an emergency or a patrol car in the area, to which dispatch said no. I walked out to the road and the deputy just waved at me and laughed. I waited until he left, which was over three hours later. Frankly, I was afraid to take a photograph of the deputy up close as I was afraid he would arrest me or do something worse to me. So I took the picture from the safety of our home. Now my campaign signs have been stolen and I believe I know who stole them. Here is the photograph of the harassing deputy parked outside our home. Maybe The TallahasseeO could request the United Nations to observe the election as I’m sure the “good ole boy” powers will pull out all the illegal tricks to ensure they stay in power.