Candidates for Sonoma County sheriff to participate in virtual community forum on Tuesday
A Southeast Santa Rosa neighborhood group will host an online forum Tuesday night for community members to hear from three candidates running for Sonoma County sheriff in June.
Each of the candidates will have 30 minutes to make a short presentation on Zoom and answer questions from attendees, according to Annette Arnold of the South Park Coalition, which is organizing the event.
Retired Sonoma County Sheriff’s Captain Dave Edmonds will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by Carl Tennenbaum, a former San Francisco police sergeant. Retired Healdsburg Police Chief Kevin Burke will present for the last time at 7:30 p.m.
Everyone is welcome on the virtual forum, Arnold said.
After the three present, the neighborhood group will meet to discuss and possibly decide on an approval.
“All three seem like capable candidates,” Arnold said.
Deputy Sheriff Eddie Engram, who is also running to succeed Sheriff Mark Essick, is not on the slate for Tuesday night.
“It is unfortunate that this event is happening without all the candidates being there,” Engram told The Press Democrat on Monday. “Essentially I had no knowledge of the event and would have gone if I had known.”
Arnold said only those who asked to be included will attend.
She expects candidates to be asked about how they plan to improve the sheriff’s office’s relationship with the South Park community.
“How are they going to deal with the racial divide in our community? A lot of people in this neighborhood are afraid of the police and the sheriff’s office,” Arnold said.
How the next sheriff plans to work with the county’s Independent Office for Law Enforcement Review and Outreach will also be a likely topic, Arnold added.