The Sheriffs Department doesn't belong to the deputies or the sheriff, it belongs to the people who pay for it. -Mark
Mark Nicholson represents the people of Iredell County, not just himself. In speaking to people from all walks of life and different areas of the county the same concerns keep coming up; corruption and drugs. A few people have asked why the focus on corruption and drugs, that is what the people of Iredell County want to be fixed. Citizens bring up account after account of their experiences without being prompted, they want something done. You want to know what Mark will do? He will eliminate the corruption and take a more focused and aggressive stance against the drugs that are devastating our county.
Mark isn't the only candidate talking about the corruption, but he is the only one to date that has been willing to tie his name to addressing it so he catches some flack, but that is alright. The first Sheriff that Mark and many of us worked for prior to the Redmond administration used to say that if you weren't getting complaints you weren't doing your job. He was a good man and a good sheriff. He was a law enforcement officer first and foremost and he did his job. Mark doesn't mind complaints for that reason.
Mark is ready to take the county in a new direction and he is willing to address the concerns of the citizens in doing so. We need a sheriff that is for the people, not for himself and a sheriff that is ready to stand up for what is right regardless of the consequences. If Mark wasn't willing to take a stand now, what reason would you have to believe that he would be any different if elected?
We need Mark Nicholson in 2014
Leadership you can count on. Promises you can believe.
When people think about law enforcement they think about officers going after the bad guy and locking them up. That is one of the tools of a law enforcement agency, but law enforcement is really about people and about the community and the ultimate goal is to get as many people as possible to abide by the laws on their own. The jails are full, the prisons are full, incarceration obviously isn't the cure all for everyone.
To really make a difference we have to support strong family values and reach out to our younger generation while they are still developing their minds and direction. We need to find out why people are doing drugs, drugs are the symptom, not the cause. Happy, well balanced people don't do drugs. We need to bring our communities back together and headed in a positive direction. Society is breaking down more every day and our children especially are getting pushed to the side because priorities aren't what they should be.
We need to eliminate the dealers that sell the drugs, restore our communities and ultimately our county to rid it of the factors that cause people to turn to drugs. There will always be those you can't reach who will need to be locked away from society, but there doesn't need to be a steady flow of young people waiting to step into their place. Making a difference in this county is going to require changing lives. Mark is firm enough and compassionate enough to turn this county around and lead us in the right direction.
Mark Nicholson for Sheriff; Leadership you can Count on. Promises you can believe.
There has been effort by a select few to give a label of negativity and mudslinging to this campaign. That would be because they don't want things brought out. There are also a few supporters who may be a bit uncomfortable with some issues being addressed. We would like to clarify this...
Addressing negatives in your community doesn't make you negative anymore than talking about drug sales makes you a drug dealer or talking about corruption makes you corrupt.
They say Mark should only talk about what he will do. Simple; he is going to address and get rid of the drugs and corruption and replace it with honest and fair law enforcement. This campaign has been built on a foundation of feedback from the citizens of this county. Drugs and corruption are the two main things that we get asked about repeatedly and we listen to people instead of silencing them. It is time for the majority, the common everyday hard working families to have a voice where they have had none and you can't say what you are going to fix without showing what is wrong. We don't like it one bit, but it is an unfortunate necessity.
Mark Nicholson wants to be the Sheriff for the people of Iredell County, not for his ego or for personal gain. He wants to make things right, something that has needed doing for a long time.
It's time to take our county back. Mark Nicholson for Sheriff 2014
Good law enforcement is all about people. The laws have to be enforced, but they are there to protect people and to keep people going the right direction and they have to be applied with compassion and common sense in order to benefit society. Getting headlines should never be the motivation for an arrest and politics should never be the reason for cutting someone a break. Above all, law enforcement has to be applied firmly and fairly if you want the respect and support of the citizens that you serve.
If you are ready for firm and fair law enforcement tempered with compassion and guided by common sense, vote for Mark Nicholson for Sheriff of Iredell County.
It's time to take our county back. Nicholson for Sheriff 2014!