Poulsen pledges issues-based campaign

Peninsula News Network


Clallam County Sheriff’s candidate Soren Poulsen says he’s ready for a campaign based more on issues than personalities. And he says his earlier decision to not run again was based on his objections with how county commissioners handled the process of appointing a new sheriff last fall.

Poulsen announced his candidacy a couple of weeks ago, saying he was going to mount a challenge to incumbent Sheriff Joe Martin, who was appointed to the job last winter.

Martin stepped in after the resignation of long-time Sheriff Joe Hawe a year ago. Hawe stepped down less than a year after a hard-fought election against Poulsen; a campaign that was filled with a lot of emotion between the two men and their supporters.

Poulsen says he’s expecting a lot more basic campaign against Martin, and welcomes the opportunity to focus on issues related to the sheriff’s department, rather than the personalities of the candidates. He calls Martin a “gentleman” and says he’s looking forward to the upcoming race.

Last fall, Poulsen was one of three finalists for the appointment to the sheriff’s seat. But after Martin was named to the job, he vowed he would never be a candidate for the position again. Poulsen says his objection with not with Martin’s appointment, but the way commissioners didn’t inform the other two candidates in advance of their decision.

But Poulsen tells us that was more of a reaction to the way commissioners handled the notification of the candidates. He says he wasn’t informed that Martin had been appointed until after he’d been named publically…

Poulsen says he has several ideas in mind for the sheriff’s department, including more technology, training and recruitment of officers that he hopes to talk about throughout the upcoming campaign.



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