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Race for Jefferson County Sheriff Heats Up

MADRAS, OR -- The race for Jefferson County Sheriff has become unusually confrontational. Central Oregon Daily News reports Jefferson County District Attorney Steve Leriche and retired Sheriff Jim Adkins released a joint statement this week endorsing challenger Jason Pollock.

They cite Sheriff Marc Heckathorn’s actions during the campaign among the reasons. Heckathorn issued a statement on his Facebook page in response, saying he was stunned by the lack of support from two people he said he considered friends and mentors. Heckathorn was appointed Sheriff last summer, when Jim Adkins retired.

Sheriff Heckathorn and Senior Deputy Pollock took part in a virtual forum this week, where the two traded barbs about their reputations and past performance. Click HERE to watch the full debate. 

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