Election day is just 2 weeks away. One of the big races we are following in Mercer County is the sheriff’s race. 2 candidates on the ballot this November are vying to be the next Mercer County Sheriff. Republican Candidate Tommy Bailey and Democratic Candidate Kevin Weiss both feel like they are the right person for the position.
Bailey is a Sergeant at the Princeton Police Department where he says he’s been there for 25 years. 10 of those years, he spent working undercover with the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force. If elected, Bailey hopes to add another worker to the drug and violent crimes task force.
Bailey said, “In my opinion, the sheriff needs to be out on the street with his men fighting this drug problem that we have. We are covered up with it and we got to have all the men that we can get out there fighting this epidemic.”
Weiss has been a business owner for 30 years. He owns Weiss Trucking Incorporated. He said he spent 26 years working in emergency services. If elected he hopes to get educational programs in the school system and educate young students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
Weiss said, “We have a severe drug problem in Mercer County. We have changes that I see that need to be done. We need to enhance and upgrade our K-9 department.”
Registered voters in Mercer County can go to the courthouse in Princeton to cast their vote for sheriff beginning on Wednesday October 26, 2016. Early voting runs from Wednesday until November 5, 2016. Both candidates want to tackle the drug epidemic.
One of the 2 candidates will be replacing Sheriff Don Meadows. Election day is November 8, 2016.