Does Wakulla County need a new Sheriff? Approximately 600 Wakulla County residents think so and showed their enthusiasum tonight at the Charlie Creel “kick off” campaign at the Crawfordville Livestock Pavilion. The nicely blue and gold decorated pavilion was packed with backers wearing “Vote Charlie Creel for Sheriff” T-shirts. Children were also enjoying the festive event since the organizers included games so that the moms and dads could listen to what Charlie Creel had to tell them about the future of Wakulla County. Everyone in attendance is hoping the future brings a new Sheriff in town.
Charlie Creel ran against the encumbant Sheriff David Havery in 2008 and lost by only 48 votes. At the time of this article it is not known whether Sheriff Havery will seek re-election. The challenger, Charlie Creel, is no new-be to law enforcement, having served 30 years with the Florida State Highway Patrol. The event began at 6:00 pm with the Coon Bottom Creek Bluegrass Band playing and everyone was jumping to the beat and lining up for free food and drinks. Mack’s Meats, Wildfire BBQ, Coastal Restaurant, volunteers made the dessert, provided some excellent pulled pork and iced tea.
Charlie Creel was introduced to the crowd by Lisa Henning, representing the Florida Fraternal Order of Police and Dale Wise, long time resident of Wakulla County. Charlie Creel platform is titled, “Wakulla County Deserves a Fresh Start”. He reiterated the basics of his platform beginning with his proven law enforcement record of knowing how to treat people fairly, including deputies. The flyer being distributed at the event states that as Sheriff of Wakulla County, Charlie Creel will –
- Work full time as Sheriff with no outside business interest
- Communicate honestly and openly
- Battle the County’s drug problem with full force
- Restructure the Sheriff’s office to put more deputies in the neighborhoods
- Justify every tax dollar spent
Charlie Creel began his short speech with the question, “Why am I doing this?” He made it clear that he was running for the position because he cares. He cares about the tax dollar, the parents, the children, the citizens, the homes and got a few laughs when he said, ” when I become the new sheriff, the only people losing their jobs will be the drug dealers.” He ended his kick-off talk thanking everyone and did some shout outs to several people for going the extra mile in making the event the success that it cetainly appeared to be. This Examiner had an opportunity to personally wish Charlie Creel a great campaign and the very best in not repeating the 2008 outcome.