Taking Aim at Clarence Dupnik
Remember Clarence Dupnik, the Democratic Sheriff in Pima County, Arizona? He was the Sheriff when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in his county on January 8, 2011. He practically ran people over trying to get in front of the cameras so he could blame everyone on the right from Sarah Palin to Rush Limbaugh for the shooting. Everyone except the shooter, who ended up being a leftist. In a press meeting hours after the shooting, Dupnik turned the issues political by declaring Arizona a “mecca for racism and bigotry,” and blaming the shooting on the “vitriolic” political rhetoric in today’s society. He also made outrageous statements on Arizona’s immigration law, Senate Bill 1070, calling it “racist, disgusting and unnecessary” and insinuated he would not enforce the law. With all the shooting off at the mouth he has done, he has made himself an excellent target for replacement by a Republican challenger.
Enter Mark Napier. He received 43% of the vote to defeat four other Republicans in the August 28 primary and will go up against Dupnik this November. Napier is a career law enforcement officer, conservative Republican and has the record needed to send Dupnik into retirement.
“I feel wonderful about the win,” said Napier. “I have a great team that worked to deliver a simple message- it’s time for a new sheriff. It’s time we had an engaged, dynamic and professional sheriff that engages the citizens, and I think that message resonated with voters. We will keep up with our positive message to people that new leadership is needed. I think people are ready for a change.”
- 28 Years of Law Enforcement Experience
- Senior and Executive Level Command Experience
- Retired Captain with Tucson Police Department
- Assistant Director Glendale, AZ Police Department
- Extensive Budget Management Experience
- Highly Experienced in Field Operations, Tactical Operations, Investigations and Administration
- Recipient of Many Awards and Commendations
- Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University
- Graduate of Senior Management Institute for Police
- Mark will be a visible and professional Sheriff engaging neighborhoods and nonprofits, and ensuring effective crime control through the most modern enforcement strategies.
- Mark will enforce our laws, not interpret them. He will not engage in political rhetoric!
Every election year there are always a few elections around the country that are interesting to watch. I cannot think of a more interesting one this year than the Pima County Sheriff.
Note: Yes, I know there is a Green Party candidate for Sheriff. I think they’re putting up Kermit the Frog.