Local League of Women Voters & ACLU To Host Online Candidate Forum for Palm Beach County Sheriff on July 27

Forum Will be Hosted on League’s Facebook Page


(West Palm Beach, FL – June 29, 2020) The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County (LWVPBC) and the ACLU of Palm Beach County (ACLUPBC) today announced they are hosting a candidate forum for the office of Palm Beach County Sheriff. The online forum will be held on Monday, July 27, at 7 pm, and will be carried live on the League’s Facebook page at https://facebook.com/LWVPBC.

“We will depart somewhat from our normal forum protocol to allow the candidates extended time to outline any plans they have for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in response to widespread national calls for reform,” said Ken Thomas, president of LWVPBC.

“While one candidate will not be opposed in the primary election, we have invited all three candidates to participate in advance of the primary election on August 18. Remember, early voting begins on August 3. This will allow the audience the best basis for comparison of the candidates,” added Mark Schneider, president of ACLUPBC.

The candidates for Palm Beach County Sheriff invited to participate include in alphabetical order:

  • Ric Bradshaw: Palm Beach County Sheriff since 2005, Bradshaw has a Master’s degree in Administration with a specialization in emergency management. He previously served as the police chief of West Palm Beach.
  • Lauro Diaz: A Captain with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Diaz has a Master’s degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management and has spent 34 years in law enforcement.
  • Alex Freeman: He retired last year as a Major in the Riviera Beach Police Department. Freeman has a Bachelor’s degree in public administration and certification in Command Officer Development.

While forum organizers will pre-select the candidate topics, interested voters and residents are invited to submit questions for consideration at pbc.aclu@gmail.com.

About the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County:

The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County is a nonpartisan political organization of women and men of all ages and backgrounds, encouraging informed and active participation in government through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that voting is a fundamental citizen right that must be guaranteed. For more information, please visit www.lwvpbc.org or www.facebook.com/lwvpbc.

About the ACLU of Palm Beach County:

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is our nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guarantees to all in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. For more information about the local chapter, please visit www.palmbeach.aclufl.org.

Available for Interview:

+ Ken Thomas, LWVPBC


+ Mark Schneider, ACLUPBC


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