Candidates running for Shelby County Sheriff part 1 - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Candidates running for Shelby County Sheriff part 1

Posted: Updated:
SHELBY COUNTY - AL -

Shelby County is looking for its 53rd Sheriff. Sheriff Chris Curry is retiring and will not seek re-election.

Now, four candidates -- all on the republican ticket -- will vie for his seat.

Those candidates are Kip Cole, Larry McDow, Rick Needham and John Samaniego.

Each candidate brings a variety of backgrounds and experience to the race. Many of them see the same issues facing Shelby County voters.

We begin our look at the candidates with John Samaniego and Rick Needham.

John Samaniego has served as chief deputy of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office for the last ten years.

"We've worked hard together here and have developed quite a bit. I consider our agency one of the best in the state."

Samaniego has 37 years of law enforcement experience.

Beginning his career in Tuscaloosa and working in the West Alabama Drug Task Force before becoming part of Sheriff Curry's staff.

Some of the issues he believes need to be addressed include: repairing the relationship with the county commission and tackling budget issues.

"The sheriff and the commission have had some ideological differences. You have to work together. I look for positive things going forward, I really do," says Samaniego.

Another top priority, dealing the heroin crisis in Shelby County. He wants to ramp up the fight by focusing on prevention.

"Eighty percent of our crime is drug related, or substance abuse related," says Samaniego. "We have to look to the children to ramp up our prevention angle."

He believes he's the right fit for sheriff for these reasons: "Experience is what I have that nobody else has. Number two, the relationships that I have in place."

Another candidate, Rick Needham.

"I feel like it's something that I'm called to do, and I'd like to do it."

Needham currently has an investigative firm which specializes in insurance fraud. He's been in business for more than twenty years

He believes his business knowledge and experience will help him if elected sheriff.

"I think I can make a difference by thinking out of the box and taking some innovative ideas and applying it to this position," says Needham.

Needham says he comes from a law enforcement background. His father was a Birmingham police officer.

He graduated from the police academy in Montgomery in 1985 and served as a police officer in Auburn.

"I want to get the community involved. Anyone can manage from the top down. I want to lead from the bottom up I have a heart for the deputies and their families."

For Needham, the top priority in Shelby County is school safety.

He believes it will take 'out of the box thinking' to help with the budget issues and to repair relationships with the county commission.

"We come up with other creative ideas that aren't a burden on the taxpayer, to get these things done."

For Needham, running for sheriff is a calling.

"I'm doing this to serve the community. I feel called, I'm leaving a successful business to go in and do this. My heart is in it. I want to be the sheriff for the community."

No democrats are in this race. The primary is June 3.

  • Birmingham Area NewsMore>>

  • Concerns raised over qualifications of Birmingham City Schools Employees

    Concerns raised over qualifications of Birmingham City Schools Employees

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:16 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:16:53 GMT
    Some community and educational leaders are raising concerns Tuesday regarding the qualifications of administrators in the Birmingham City Schools System.More >>
    Some community and educational leaders are raising concerns Tuesday regarding the qualifications of administrators in the Birmingham City Schools System.More >>
  • Murder trial underway; suspect faces multiple charges

    Murder trial underway; suspect faces multiple charges

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:47 PM EDT2014-09-16 17:47:13 GMT
    Major Pasley is accused of shooting and killing a man in front of the Birmingham Police Department's Central Headquarters on February 17, 2013.More >>
    Major Pasley is accused of shooting and killing a man in front of the Birmingham Police Department's Central Headquarters on February 17, 2013.
    More >>
  • Town Hall meeting on police and minority relations

    Town Hall meeting on police and minority relations

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:35 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:35:18 GMT
    In light of the events in Ferguson, Missouri community and police leaders will be participating in a town hall meeting.A number of people will be there from law enforcement to UAB professors. They will be discussing police and minority relations.More >>
    In light of the events in Ferguson, Missouri community and police leaders will be participating in a town hall meeting.A number of people will be there from law enforcement to UAB professors. They will be discussing police and minority relations.More >>
  • Anniston - Gadsden Area NewsMore>>

  • Town Hall meeting on police and minority relations

    Town Hall meeting on police and minority relations

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:35 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:35:18 GMT
    In light of the events in Ferguson, Missouri community and police leaders will be participating in a town hall meeting.A number of people will be there from law enforcement to UAB professors. They will be discussing police and minority relations.More >>
    In light of the events in Ferguson, Missouri community and police leaders will be participating in a town hall meeting.A number of people will be there from law enforcement to UAB professors. They will be discussing police and minority relations.More >>
  • Anniston appoints new school board member; discusses school consolidation

    Anniston appoints new school board member; discusses school consolidation

    Monday, September 15 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-09-16 01:13:45 GMT
    The Anniston City Council named a former mayor of Weaver as the city's newest board of education member. Ed Kimbrough will replace Donna Ross, who submitted a letter of resignation two weeks ago as she and her family move out of state. Kimbrough was one of three candidates interviewed by the council for the position, along with former Macon County board of education member Ernest Washington, and Andrew Hatley, who previously served on both the Anniston City Council and Board of Education.More >>
    The Anniston City Council named a former mayor of Weaver as the city's newest board of education member. Ed Kimbrough will replace Donna Ross, who submitted a letter of resignation two weeks ago as she and her family move out of state. Kimbrough was one of three candidates interviewed by the council for the position, along with former Macon County board of education member Ernest Washington, and Andrew Hatley, who previously served on both the Anniston City Council and Board of Education.More >>
  • Should law enforcement be able to use military equipment?

    Should law enforcement be able to use military equipment?

    Friday, September 12 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-09-12 20:10:46 GMT
    Events in Ferguson, Missouri sparked a debate about law enforcement's use of military equipment. Local agencies say for them, it's about protection.  More >>
    Events in Ferguson, Missouri sparked a debate about law enforcement's use of military equipment. Local agencies say for them, it's about protection.  More >>
  • Tuscaloosa Area NewsMore>>

  • Alabama hoping to fully utilize offensive arsenal against Florida

    Alabama hoping to fully utilize offensive arsenal against Florida

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:03 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:03:15 GMT
    Alabama has experienced receivers, a deep and talented backfield and a preseason All-Southeastern Conference tight end.More >>
    Alabama has experienced receivers, a deep and talented backfield and a preseason All-Southeastern Conference tight end.
    More >>
  • Teach for America-Alabama to welcome new Hale Co. members

    Teach for America-Alabama to welcome new Hale Co. members

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:32 AM EDT2014-09-16 12:32:10 GMT
    Today, Teach for America-Alabama will welcome new corps members who are teaching in Hale County this year.More >>
    Today, Teach for America-Alabama will welcome new corps members who are teaching in Hale County this year.More >>
  • Blake Sims leads Alabama to 52-12 win over Southern Miss

    Blake Sims leads Alabama to 52-12 win over Southern Miss

    Saturday, September 13 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-09-14 03:25:34 GMT
    Blake Sims passed for two touchdowns and rushed for a third in three quarters and might have staked his claim as No. 3 Alabama's undisputed starting quarterback in a 52-12 victory over Southern Miss on Saturday night.More >>
    Blake Sims passed for two touchdowns and rushed for a third in three quarters and might have staked his claim as No. 3 Alabama's undisputed starting quarterback in a 52-12 victory over Southern Miss on Saturday night.
    More >>
Most Popular
Stories
Videos
loading...