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Candidates Race to Become the Next Winchester Sheriff

Republican Les Taylor and Democrat Leonard Bauserman are spreading their messages around Winchester to gain the residents' votes.
WINCHESTER, Va. - Preparations for Election Day are underway in the four-state region and the race for the new Winchester sheriff has taken off.
Banners and signs are seen around the City of Winchester, hoping to catch locals' attention.
Republican Les Taylor and Democrat Leonard Bauserman are the running candidates, both with goals to implement change.
"I have a plan to have the deputies go through training. Mandatory training every six months and certified in courtroom security, and I also would like to start an exercise program for the deputies," said Les Taylor.
Meanwhile, Bauserman says patrolling the streets and maintaining safety within the neighborhoods is a top priority to him.
He says he was brought up in a law enforcement family and has been with the Winchester Police Department for over 21 years.
"I love foot patrol. I love bike patrols. The police department has that primary duty but I'm sure the chief would be more than glad for us to assist if needed," said Bauserman.
Taylor says he was in the Army National Guard for ten years, is certified in courtroom security, and is a military veteran.
He believes juvenile crime is one of the top issues he would like to address in Winchester. In order to begin a solution, Taylor says he would like to enforce a youth development program for kids ages 11 to 18.
"It won't cost the City of Winchester residents anything but a few hours of the deputies' time a couple of days a week," said Taylor.
As for Bauserman, he believes the top issues are to have a strong joint judicial center security as well as a smooth operation civil process.
"To me, it gives me the availability of being out in the public and being able to listen to those concerns and actually take action on them and seeing the end result," said Bauserman.
Both candidates will be out in the community having meet and greets with residents as well as keep an open mind and ear to concerns.
The election will be on November 5, 2013 and the candidates are urging everyone to vote.




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