August 18, 2010
Gary Wall, left, and Garrett Wiggins will face off in November's Routt County sheriff race.
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Wall seeks to define difference; Wiggins says approaches similar
Sheriff Gary Wall said the difference between him and Republican opponent Garrett Wiggins is Wall’s commitment to encouraging officer discretion and rejecting a zero-tolerance approach to law enforcement. Wiggins said that difference doesn’t really exist. The two candidates squared off Tuesday.
Some taken to opponent’s lawn, taped over Gary Wall’s campaign signs
Routt County sheriff candidate Garrett Wiggins reported that 50 to 100 of his campaign yard signs, including nearly all his signs in Old Town, were stolen during the weekend. A number of Wiggins’ signs also appeared in his opponent Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall’s yard, where someone taped Wiggins’ signs over Wall’s.
Missteps play into campaigns for sheriff
Since the last election for Routt County sheriff, the two candidates who faced each other in 2006 have done good works and bad and had their names tarnished by missteps. They now prepare to face each other once again in November. Gary Wall and Garrett Wiggins will stand on their accomplishments as they try to woo voters, but their public mistakes also will play into the election.
Retention and relationships key in sheriff campaign strategies
Garrett Wiggins has faced Gary Wall before. The men ran against each other in the 2006 election for Routt County sheriff, which Wall won. But now, with more history behind each of them and potential issues on both sides, the men are preparing new strategies for the rematch.