Sheriff’s’ Candidate Forum hosted by the Patagonia Regional Times and the Santa Cruz County Fair and Rodeo Association at 10:00 am on June 27 at Pioneer Hall.
Watch Recording of Sheriff Candidate’s Forum

Due to the current threat of COVID-19 in our community, the PRT Board has decided to limit the audience at this event and to instead stream the event on Facebook Live as well as recording it for posting on YouTube and on the PRT website.

Note if you are NOT a facebook user you will still be able to watch the event LIVE using the link above when the event goes live at 10 a.m. on June 27.

We are pleased to announce that five of the six candidates, Keith Barth, Rafael Corrales, David Hathaway, David Ruiz and Andrew Ibarra, have accepted our invitation to appear. Barth, Corrales, Hathaway and Ruiz will be facing off in the Democratic primary, to be held August 4. Ibarra and Joe Agosttini, who are running as independents, will run against the winner of the August Democratic primary contest in the November 3rd general election. This will be the first time since 1993 that current Sheriff Tony Estrada will not be on the ballot, as he has decided to retire after serving as sheriff for 27 years.

The moderator will be the Honorable Thomas Fink, Presiding Judge of the Arizona Superior Court in Santa Cruz County. Each candidate will be given two minutes to introduce himself. Judge Fink will then ask each of the candidates questions that have been submitted beforehand. The order in which the candidates answer questions will be determined by Judge Fink.

A candidate will be given two minutes to answer the question. Each of the other candidates will then be given one minute to respond, as well. The moderator may interrupt any candidate if the moderator believes the candidate is straying from the subject matter. The candidates shall not interrupt one another. It is the moderator’s responsibility to enforce this rule.

If time allows, there may be a short question and answer period, with questions submitted via the Facebook Live feed. At the conclusion of the question and answer portion of the forum, the candidates will each be given one minute for a closing statement.

We are looking forward to the opportunity to educate our Santa Cruz residents about this important primary election on August 4.

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