Dear Editor:

I would like to share my thoughts on Archuleta County Sheriff candidate Rich Valdez.

As a citizen of Archuleta County, I encourage you to support Rich Valdez for Sheriff, not only for his contributions to the Pagosa Springs public schools and our community but for his commitment and dedication to public safety.

Here are some reasons I support him. I have known him since he was a youngster in school and watched him grow into an outstanding adult. I am proud that he has shown himself to be an excellent law enforcement officer and has worked his way up the ladder to the Sheriff’s Department. He has learned a lot from the mentoring of ex-Police Chief Don Volger and Sheriff Pete Gonzalez.

I have always been proud to say that Rich Valdez has been an outstanding lifelong citizen of Archuleta County. Please join me in supporting and helping elect him for the position of Archuleta County Sheriff.

John F. Perea

This story was posted on February 27, 2014.