Letter - Blackman is a leader who works with community


As a high school teacher and father of two young boys, it’s important to me that community leaders understand what it takes to keep kids on the right path.

Kids who stay in school and involve themselves in athletics and clubs, will most likely graduate and become the men and women we need them to be. Small communities like Walla Walla rely on one another, so we need leaders who know how to work as a team, hand in hand to accomplish the goal of making Walla Walla better.

That’s why I am voting for Barry Blackman for sheriff.

I’ve known Barry Blackman for a while now and I’ve found him to be a caring individual who listens to all sides of an issue before speaking. He uses critical thinking to solve problems.

He doesn’t care if it’s his way, just the right way. He is an honest man who works hard to make sure it’s right for our community. Most of all I trust he will use his wealth of knowledge and great insight to address the issues.

I’ve been disturbed by the false statements thrown out by the incumbent John Turner against Mr. Blackman. Turner should be ashamed of his political diatribe.

Anyone who looks at the facts will see that Blackman has been promoted through the ranks at the Sheriff’s Office while also building positive relationships with the community. It wasn’t until Turner decided to play politics and Blackman refused to play along as a pawn in Turner’s political game that all these “negative” comments emerged.

Blackman has real patrol experience, leads men in the field, knows the ins and outs of this community and has real-world operational knowledge.

What I appreciate most about Blackman is his focus on the partnership between the schools and the Sheriff’s Office. The resource officer program expanding to other county schools along with the DARE program and their teachings are important to Blackman.

He also wants to reinstate the gang intervention specialists as a positive step in keeping our children safe, school personnel educated and focus on the prevention of gang recruitment in our schools.

He wants to provide training for teachers to recognize gang trends along with drug and alcohol awareness prevention and how best to help our young people today.

Get rid of the talk and get back to someone who walks the walk!

Vote Blackman for sheriff!

Jason Postlewait

Walla Walla


campbell_rd 1 year, 3 months ago

I think you're missing the point, this isn't a popularity contest. It is (or should be) purely a decision of who is most qualified to be our Sheriff. That man is John Turner, no questions if you really look hard at qualifications.

Deputy Blackman is an excellent deputy and a good man. He is not a leader, he is best served for our community in his current position.


cropcircles 1 year, 3 months ago

"not a leader" Yet he's been promoted again and again with each new position and under different supervisors and elected Sheriffs.


tinstar 1 year, 3 months ago

Cambell Road: You are the one who is missing the point. Turner may have some qualifications, but He has not demonstrated, that He can run the Sheriff's Department. You can have all the qualifications in the world , but you have to have the knowledge to be a leader, this is where Turner fails.


mythoughts 1 year, 3 months ago

Research the Sheriff candidates instead of listening to rumors and half truths. Here are some links to go to:

Link to the Sheriff Candidates Forum that was held in Touchet June 24, 2014.

Here are the links to the interviews done by the radio station KUJ. Just scroll down the page until you find each candidate (John Turner, Barry Blackman, Tom Cooper). http://kujam.com/common/page.php?id=52


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