EDGAR CO. (ECWd) -
According the the Prairie Press, Jeff Wood, Democrat candidate for Edgar County Sheriff, has declined to participate in the upcoming Meet-the-Candidate night sponsored by the Prairie Press on October 16th.
His reported excuse was that "sheriff department policy handicaps him in a format where candidates answer questions posed by a moderator. “I can’t talk about the sheriff or the jail,” Wood said, claiming any answer he provides that is construed as critical of the sheriff or department operations could be regarded as a violation of department policy."
Why did he not use the same excuse during the primary? Did he "violate department policy" then? Is he asking people to elect someone that violates the policy of the office they are seeking (referring to the primary meet-the-candidate in March) - or just using that as an excuse?
I believe this is simply an excuse to get out of answering questions from the public.
Mr. Wood, there is still time left for you to opt in - please do so. Nobody is buying this miserable excuse (except maybe Mike Heltsley).