Election Watch: Republican Primary for El Paso County Sheriff

Posted at 4:50 PM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-26 18:50:11-04

The Republican primary race for Sheriff in El Paso County pits incumbent Bill Elder against retired Air Force Colonel Mike Angley, who frames himself as an outsider.

Angley is trying to position himself as more conservative than Bill Elder, saying he would be tougher on illegal immigration than Elder.

Angley claims his position as an outsider will give him a fresh perspective at the sheriff’s office with "no favoritism, no cronyism and no vendettas"

Elder has countered claims from Angley on his own campaign website, saying he has been a registered Republican for more than 30 years and proudly displayed the fact the ACLU filed lawsuits against the sheriff’s office for holding ICE detainees in jail after they served their sentences or posted bond. 

The Sheriff’s Office has since appealed that lawsuit.

Elder goes on to say he wants to improve community policing and has expressed support to continue raids on illegal marijuana grows in eastern El Paso County.

On the Democratic side of the ballot, Grace Sweeney-Maurer is the only Democrat on the primary ballot for the position.