Debate heats up Sheriff's race

Republicans debate for Bosque County Sheriff before March 3 primary

MERIDIAN - In an animated forum producing open, dynamic discussion about a variety of issues, three Republican candidates – Larry Betik, Trace Hendricks and Clint Pullin – participated in the Bosque County Sheriff Debate held Feb. 6 before a capacity crowd at the Meridian Civic Center.

To watch the entire debate presented by Southern Cross Creative, click here: https://vimeo.com/390225258

With the 2020 Texas Primary less than a month away March 3, the Meridian GrassRoots and Southern Cross Creative hosted a non-partisan debate, inviting all four candidates from both parties running in the primaries for the open office of Bosque County Sheriff with incumbent Anthony Malott choosing to not seek re-election after holding office since Jan. 2009.

Danny Ragsdale, who will run unopposed on the Democrat primary ballot, declined the invitation to participate.

Using a format similar to the recently televised Presidential Debates, moderators Paul Hardcastle and Brett Voss challenged the candidates to discuss a diverse list of topics, including managing the budget, leading a 45-person department, school resource officers, animal control, the county’s illegal drug problem, as well as questions related job experience and qualifications.

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Meridian GrassRoots president Paul Hardcastle and Southern Cross Creative managing director Brett Voss serve as moderators for the Bosque County Sheriff Candidates Debate held Feb. 6 in the Meridian Civic Center.

"I was extremely pleased with the turn out for this debate,” said Voss, owner and managing director of Southern Cross Creative. “The primary reason Paul and I wanted to hold this debate was to provide voters an opportunity to find out what each of these candidates are all about and hear first hand from each of them.

"I think this debate helped to answer some of the questions voters had about each of them.”

As president of Meridian GrassRoots, Hardcastle concurred.

“An informed electorate is what it is all about,” Hardcastle said. “And I feel it’s important for Meridian GrassRoots to assist in a variety of ways for our community. Helping with an educational civic event like this illuminates the talent, heart and willingness of our members.”

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Debate moderators Paul Hardcastle (far left) and Brett Voss (far right) with Republican candidates Larry Betik, Trace Hendricks (center) and Clint Pullin following the Bosque County Sheriff Candidates Debate held Feb. 6 in the Meridian Civic Center.

Photos by SIMONE WICHERS-VOSS

 

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