Jani Davis right choice for Taos County Sher­iff

The Taos News - - FAVOR Y CONTRA - By Rox­anne Ge­orge Rox­anne Ge­orge is a reg­is­tered Taos County Demo­crat.

Taos County is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly po­lar­ized po­lit­i­cally, which con­cerns me. As a ther­a­pist, when­ever I see “black vs. white,” “right vs. wrong,” and “us vs. them” think­ing, I in­ter­vene be­cause this is ex­actly the type of “stink­ing” think­ing that un­der­lies dys­func­tional fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ties, and coun­tries. From my ex­pe­ri­ence, when it comes to hu­mans es­pe­cially, rarely is any­thing that sim­ple.

The cur­rent race for Taos County Sher­iff is no ex­cep­tion. Jani Davis has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence as a Taos po­lice of­fi­cer, and has put her­self on the line to lead the Taos County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment to­wards im­prov­ing the way it han­dles com­mu­nity re­sponse and pro­tec­tion.

Davis is a no-non­sense, nose-to-the-grind­stone in­di­vid­ual who be­lieves that jus­tice and in­tegrity should come be­fore loy­alty or money. Davis also be­lieves in our right to bear arms and that in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties should take back their power to pro­tect them­selves.

Many peo­ple in Taos County would likely agree with these state­ments. In fact, I would go so far as to say that Taos County has one of the high­est per­cent­ages of free-think­ing, in­de­pen­dent, hands-off-of-my-life, in­di­vid­u­als in the en­tire state, and pos­si­bly in this coun­try.

So what’s the prob­lem? Davis is a Repub­li­can. And be­cause of this, she has been tar­geted as “the en­emy.”

In ad­di­tion, be­cause Davis at­tended a sem­i­nar on com­mu­nity build­ing that was al­legedly funded by the Amer­i­can’s for Pros­per­ity group (this in­for­ma­tion was not dis­closed on the brochure nor on the web­site of the sem­i­nar providers), Davis has been la­beled as a “right wing tool” for this group. Davis is hardly any­body’s tool.

She is one of the most in­de­pen­dent, non­po­lit­i­cal in­di­vid­u­als I know. In fact, Davis is adamant that pol­i­tics should not in­ter­fere with jus­tice, and she has openly pro­vided proof that none of the monies she has re­ceived for this cam­paign have come from any po­lit­i­cal group.

But peo­ple stop lis­ten­ing as soon as they hear that Davis is Repub­li­can. Mean­while, her Demo­cratic op­po­nent reg­u­larly posts sex­ist car­toons about how men are su­pe­rior to women – and ev­ery­body sim­ply looks the other way. Why? Be­cause when peo­ple get po­lar­ized, loy­alty be­comes more im­por­tant than in­tegrity. But it is these small, seem­ingly in­signif­i­cant choices that be­gin to erode the foun­da­tion of our fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties and coun­try.

Come on Taos County, we are smarter than this. United we stand strong. Di­vided we are eas­ily con­quered. Look beyond the rhetoric, and you will see an amaz­ingly strong and re­silient in­di­vid­ual who will work non­stop to turn Taos County Sher­iff’s depart­ment into a re­spect­ful or­ga­ni­za­tion that up­holds in­tegrity and jus­tice above all else. And from my ex­pe­ri­ences with the Taos County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment, this change is much needed and long over­due.

I hope you will take the time to go to Davis’ web­site and Face­book pages to see for your­self who she re­ally is and what she stands for. Don’t be­lieve ev­ery­thing you read or hear.

Take the time to get the facts. And if you are still un­cer­tain, con­tact Davis di­rectly. She will ab­so­lutely make time to dis­cuss your ideas or con­cerns even if she doesn’t agree. Let’s give Davis a chance to prove who she is and what she is ca­pa­ble of.

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