To the Editor:

I have lived in Grant County for approximately 60 years, where my wife and I raised a family of four who still reside here with many grand- and great-grandkids. My employment was agriculture (cattle) and a couple of years of logging, which is the type of occupation my family is involved in. For about 10 years, I worked as a certified sheriff deputy for Grant County, covering all duties concerning this job. Due to half-truths and hyperbole regarding the coming election for sheriff, I believe my experience qualifies my opinion. I worked for three sheriffs from 1979 on. I believe that Tom Negus was the most qualified sheriff we ever had since he retired years ago. Todd McKinley was raised on his parents’ ranch between Mt. Vernon and Dayville. His parents and uncle were morally the best. He inherited this quality from them. When the ranch sold, he went to logging for O’Rorke Logging Co. and was excellent there, too. He had experience in the real world. I believe that Grant County needs a sheriff that possesses honesty, integrity and ability in its legal system, and so does America. My vote is for Todd McKinley for Grant County sheriff. Vote for intelligence. Vote for Todd McKinley.

John Aasness

John Day

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