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Meet the Dorchester County Sheriff Candidates

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- It's not just lawmakers in Annapolis seeking votes in Tuesday's Maryland primary.  Several county seats are up for grabs too. 

Meet James Phillips.  He's the Dorchester County sheriff.  He says his years of experience make him the best candidate for re-election to the position.

"When I started, I started at the bottom as a police communications officer and over the years I worked my way up through the ranks in patrol, narcotics, CID, up to the administration.  And in 2003 I was fortunate enough to be elected sheriff in the county," Phillips said. "So as I said, I know the job inside and out, I know all aspects of what the sheriff's responsibilities are."

But Phillips faces two challengers in Tuesday's democratic primary.  One of them is John Foster of Cambridge.  He's a veteran police officer, and he has some political experience too as former mayor of Denton.

"I have 20 years experience as a police officer, 18 years in the military so I have leadership skills as well," Foster said. "I also served as a town mayor and councilman for seven years.  So my vast experience in both I think culminates in the experience needed for this job."

Phillips, who led a major cocaine bust just a few months ago, said voters can expect the same hard work if he is re-elected.

"We'd certainly like to add some staff, try and find some additional funding so that we could expand and get the guys a pay raise and a little bit better equipment to operate with," Phillips said.

Foster said that if elected, he would strengthen the department's bonds in the community.

"I'm going to get involved.  I'm going to be a full time sheriff that you can see and I'm going to be visible, so that from Galestown to Hoopers Island, they are going to know who John Foster is as sheriff," Foster said.

The third candidate in this race, Hansel Greene, did not return our phone calls to be a part of this story.  The winner of Tuesday's Democratic primary moves on to face lone Republican candidate for Dorchester County sheriff, Greg Robbins.
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