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Stan Clark breaks the silence in Smith Co. Sheriff campaign controversy

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Smith County Sheriff Candidate Larry Smith. Smith County Sheriff Candidate Larry Smith.
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

Stan Clark, the man rumored to be considered for Smith County Chief Deputy if candidate Larry Smith wins the runoff next week, issued a statement to KLTV on Thursday concerning the rumors.

Clark is retired from his previous law enforcement position, following allegations of sexual harassment.

Here is the statement released on Thursday by Clark himself:

I want to set the record straight concerning my participation in Larry Smith's campaign for Sheriff of Smith County.

Larry Smith is my friend, and I strongly support him for Sheriff.

While Larry Smith did use my name (and the names of two other retired law enforcement officers) in response to a candidate forum question posed to him regarding who he might like to hire should he be elected,
Larry has not offered, nor have I sought, any position with the Sheriff's Office.  Rumors to the contrary are false.

I am retired and have no interest whatsoever in working for the Smith County Sheriff's Department in any capacity.

This election should be about experience and qualifications, not personal attacks of supporters – especially private citizens – on either side.  Since I am a private citizen and not a public figure, my family and I will have no further comments beyond this statement.

In a statement released to KLTV this past Monday, Larry Smith said that he and his campaign are "focused on delivering my message to the voters of Smith County and not dirty politics," but did not directly address his consideration of Clark as Chief Deputy.

You can read his entire statement by clicking here.

 


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