There are only two countywide races on the ballot in Tuesday's primary election in Davis County, one Republican and one Democratic. But the GOP race for sheriff takes on added importance because the winner of the primary is likely the winner of the office.
No Democrat filed for the sheriff's race, leaving GOP contenders Glenn Clary, the incumbent, and challenger Robert S. Davis, a sergeant in the department, battling for all the marbles.Two Democrats, Pat Herrerra, Kaysville, and Theresa Dabling, Clinton, are vying for the party's nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Margene Isom in the general election for county clerk/auditor.
Clary is running for re-election on the same basic platform that gained him the office of sheriff four years ago: the dangers of drugs and gangs.
"Davis County is under attack. We are seeing the rise of gang activity in our tranquil neighborhoods. We are witnessing the tragic evidence of drugs around our children," according to Clary.
Davis, who has been with the department 13 years, agrees drugs and gangs are a major problem but says the sheriff isn't doing enough about heading them off.
"Sheriff is not an honorary title, it's an obligation to lead and to protect the public and the public's tax dollars. In the past, the Davis County sheriff's office has been held in high esteem. Unfortunately that is on the decline," according to Davis, who says 77 percent of the patrol officers back his candidacy - a statistic Clary rebuts.
Both Herrera and Dabling say the county clerk could do more to boost voter registration and participation in the election process.
Dabling, a restaurant owner, said she sees the job as an opportunity and a challenge to work for the county's taxpayers.
Herrera, a real estate agent, said too many people are unaware of what the county clerk/auditor does and she would make the post more visible.