Two more lawmen have announced their intent to join the Summit County Sheriff's campaign, and voters may recognize them, as both ran against Sheriff Dave Edmunds in the 2010 election.
Francis residents Dax Shane and Kris Hendricksen will seek the Republican nomination. They will be vying to challenge current Summit County Sheriff's Office Capt. Justin Martinez, who will run as a Democrat. Sheriff Edmunds will not seek re-election this November.
Shane serves in the Salt Lake City Police Department's motorcycle squad; Hendricksen is with the Utah Valley University Police Department. Both stressed the importance of community-oriented law enforcement being the focus of the Sheriff's Office.
"Having the community as a priority is my main [issue]," Shane said. "The community needs to feel that the Sheriff's Office is out there and is protecting them."
"I want to bring old-fashioned trust and integrity back to the Sheriff's Office," Hendricksen said. "There's a lot of money that I think is not misspent, but mismanaged. Some things [in the Sheriff's Office] I see as wasteful."
When Shane ran in 2010, he said, he campaigned against the Sheriff's Office's "overzealous spending" and said this time around is no different in regard to that issue. Communicating the proper role of law enforcement with businesses and residents is an approach that he has taken in Salt Lake City and has said he would take in Summit County as well.
"The black trucks have got to go. We have to have a little softer touch to policing and let the citizens know we're there for them," Shane said, referring to the color of the Sheriff's Office vehicles.
Hendricksen said that the community has had a "loss of trust" with the Sheriff's Office and that the department should be operating more efficiently with what he calls a "healthy budget."
"I've seen a lot of [sheriff's] departments with less money run a lot better and still provide great services," Hendricksen said. "Everyone has to live on a budget."
Before serving in his current law enforcement role at Utah Valley University, Hendricksen had worked for the Utah Highway Patrol, the Summit County Sheriff's Office and the Orem Police Department. Shane served in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division for three years and has worked for the Salt Lake City Police Department since 2002.
Shane not only emphasized his willingness to be more connected to the community, but to deputies as well. He said there is a morale problem in the Sheriff's Office and that deputies are not able to "speak their minds" for fear of being fired or transferred to less desirable assignments such as the jail or court.
"I want to make sure [deputies] know that, when I take office, I want them to be able to voice their opinions and come to me with their problems and we can work with them hand in hand," Shane said. "I'm part of the solution."
Hendricksen said he is glad to live in a "diverse" county and that he would understand how to deal with the rural East Side as well as the business and resort-centered Park City and Snyderville Basin. He also encouraged residents to get involved in the political process this year.
"I hope everybody gets involved with local politics this year. It's very important, there are a lot of issues at stake," Hendricksen said. "People's voices truly can get heard if they actually go out and get involved."
Editor's note: This article originally misspelled Kris Hendricksen's last name as "Hendricks" and has since been corrected.