Thursday, July 16, 2020

Recap: Sheriff Candidates' Debate

Candidates Chris Strickland (center) and Rob Hardwick (right) await the start of the debate. Moderator Roy Bode in foreground, July 15, 2020, at the St. Augustine Shrine Club.
Our July 15 debate between primary candidates for the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office was unexpectedly brief last night, following what the St. Augustine Record termed a "dust-up" between retiring Sheriff David Shoar and members of candidate Chris Strickland's team. Mr. Strickland and his team left the hall quickly following the incident, which occurred early in the evening's program. Candidate Rob Hardwick remained on stage to answer questions from the moderator and from the audience.

We regret that attendees did not receive the full benefit of a debate, but we appreciate all who made the effort to attend.