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2014 Saline County Sheriff Candidates

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SALINE COUNTY (KATV)--Eight are in the running to be Saline County's new sheriff, and tonight a meet the candidates forum was held.

It's no surprise that one of the candidates is the former Sheriff Bruce Pennington, however, several of the other candidates also have previous experience in law enforcement.    

Dozens of voters packed the room, for the 2014 Saline County Sheriff Candidate Forum, waiting to hear from each candidate and why they should be Saline County's next sheriff.

The following are running for sheriff:

Rodney Goshien Sr., the only Democrat running.

Former Sheriff Bruce Pennington

Simon Haynes

Kevin Cooper

Daniel Dodson

Tim Dudderar

Rodney Wright

E.J. Harris

Several pre-submitted questions were posed by a moderator The first, if elected what would you do to reduce the crime rate?

"We have a lot of drug dealers and we need to get rid of them, they've been in this business too long, it's time to put them out of business," said Goshien Sr.

"We were able to reduce burglaries and residential crimes 9.2 percent in my tenure," said Pennington.

"We got to re-tool our team, the team being the community, patrol division, the investigations division and the sheriff," added Haynes.

"You can't say that we didn't make any impact by arresting over 1000 people," said Cooper.

"The problem we've had is we don't communicate among departments, what we need to do is work together more," said Wright.

"Crimewatch, this is what we need in your neighborhood, need more people, more educated what to do and what to look for, " said Harris.

"First of all we need a proactive department, right now 80 percent of our time if reacting," said Dudderar.

"We need to use the resources that are available to us, our local departments around us, Benton ,Bryant Haskell Shannon Hills Alexander," said Dodson.

Another big topic of discussion from all the candidates was to fight what they call the drug problem in Saline County, and continue efforts to bust as many drug dealers as possible.