HONESTY - INTEGRITY - ACCOUNTABILITY
The county sheriff is supposed to be a non-partisan position. That means political party affiliation should be irrelevant both to the sheriff and the voters. What the citizen believes in should not matter at all to the sheriff and the sheriff's personal beliefs should not matter to the voter.
The sheriff's responsibility is to protect the rights of the citizens and visitors in his or her county, to fairly and reasonably enforce the law and to make themselves personally available to the citizens on a regular basis. If your sheriff is not consistently doing these things, you have chosen the wrong sheriff.
If the citizens vote for a sheriff strictly on the basis of the (D) or (R) before their name, they need to educate themselves on how the political process was designed to work. Vote for the individual, not the party!
-- Cope Reynolds
WHAT DO I STAND FOR?
Briefly, the answer to that question can be found by looking no further than the Constitutions of the United States and the state of Arizona but here's the full story...
When an elected official takes the Oath of Office, that individual enters into a covenant with his or her constituents and promises to abide by the restrictions and guidelines set forth by those documents. One is being deceptive and disingenuous if they enter into that covenant without having read and understood those documents.
I have taken the oath two other times, both in the service of my country. I have not and will not take the oath simply because it is what is expected of me or to fulfill the requirements of a job. I will take the oath again because I believe in the Constitution. I have read it and I understand it, I love it and I love this country. I want to do my part once again to defend and uphold the Constitution and the way of life the Founders intended.
I believe the U.S. constitution and other founding documents were divinely inspired. I believe inspired men and women were placed on this earth at the right time and place just for that purpose. Even if one doesn't prescribe to those beliefs, it is hard to argue that our founding documents are not the best and most complete of any nation on earth. While I do support and will defend the entire U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, as they were originally intended, there are a few things that I am particularly passionate about...
I am vehemently pro-2nd amendment. Your right to bear arms in defense of yourself, your family, the State of Arizona and this Country shall not be infringed upon.
I am undeniably, unapologetically pro-life.
I am pro-individual liberty. Generally speaking, if you are not harming anyone else or infringing upon their freedom, you should be free to do as you please.
I am pro-religious freedom. I believe that every individual should be able to worship according to the dictates of their own conscience by worshiping how, where and what they may, providing it does not harm or infringe upon the freedom of others. On this note, know that all of my decisions concerning the operation of the sheriff's office and the safety of the citizens of Apache county and my deputies will be prayerfully considered.
As stated in the 5th amendment, I believe that no person should be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process being afforded.
It will be my duty as your sheriff to ensure that these rights and principles are safeguarded to the best of my ability.
It will be my duty as your sheriff to act as a buffer between the citizens of Apache county and the federal government.
In my world, a handshake still means something. It is your bond and should never be disrespected or trivialized. When you shake someone's hand in agreement, you have entered into a personal contract with that individual and should stand by your word just as if you had signed a binding, legal document.
With that in mind, I am offering my digital handshake to the citizens of Apache county and pledging that all of the above is my creed, not only for the duration of my time in office but in my everyday life.
If you want to see positive change in your Sheriff's office, I humbly ask for your vote on August 4th, 2020!
A VOTE FOR COPE IS A VOTE FOR THE CONSTITUTION!
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