Walla Walla man declares run for sheriff

John A. Turner started his career in law enforcement in Los Angeles in 1984.

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WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla County man has announced he will be running for Walla Walla County Sheriff later this year.

John A. Turner, 45, said he will be running as a "prefers Republican Party" candidate. The office will be up for election in November and candidates will be required to file with the county Auditor's Office during the week starting June 7.

Although raised in Los Angeles, Turner said his Walla Walla roots stretch back to his great-grandfather, Frederick August Hofer, who in the 1870s homesteaded a farm outside of Prescott which is still in existence today. As he grew up, Turner said he made annual trips to the family farm for harvest and Christmas. In addition his wife, Jacqui, is also from a fourth-generation farming family as well as a graduate of Walla Walla High School and Whitman College.

Turner said he began his law enforcement career in 1984 in Southern California and soon joined the Los Angeles Police Department. After a number of years, Turner earned a degree in law from Southwest University School of Law and then began a second career as a police attorney for the LAPD and numerous other police and sheriff's agencies. Then in 2004, the family moved to a home near Walla Walla after Turner became a managing partner for a local vineyard and winery project.

In 2008 Turner said he was accepted for a Department of Defense program to serve with the U.S. Army in Iraq as a counterterrorism investigator and rule of law adviser. After a 15-month deployment, he returned to Walla Walla in late 2009 in time to spend the holidays with his family.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318. Check out his blog at blogs.ublabs.org/randomthoughts.

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