(Des Moines, IA) Dan Charleston, a 26-year law enforcement veteran, has officially entered the Polk County Sheriff’s race to be the Republican challenger to incumbent Sheriff Bill McCarthy. Charleston met the filing deadline with the Polk County Auditor’s office and will be on the Republican Primary ballot on June 7, 2016. This is Charleston’s second attempt to unseat McCarthy.
Charleston after the 2012 election filed a civil rights lawsuit against McCarthy accusing the Sheriff of changing his work assignment and passing him over for a promotion in retaliation for running against him.
“My first priority as Sheriff would be to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States as I strive to protect and serve the citizens of Polk County. I am a creative problem solver who will partner with the community in order to tackle the long-term problems that Polk County faces. We deserve a well-trained Sheriff’s Department, as well as, one that provides fiscal transparency and serves with honesty, accountability, trustworthiness, respect, loyalty, and fairness, and as Sheriff I would expect no less,” Charleston said.
Charleston served in the Los Angeles County (California) Sheriff’s Department, Pomona (California) Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff’s Department.
Charleston during the Polk County Republican Convention on Saturday officially released a web video they produced last November.