Harrison County Sheriff Runoff Heating Up

In one week, Harrison County voters will take to the polls to decide who will be their next sheriff. Will it be two-term Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara or challenger Troy Peterson?
Troy Peterson, former head of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Narcotic Division, secured 200 more votes than incumbent Melvin Brisolara in the August 4th primary. That only gave him 48.5 percent of the vote, just short of the 51 percent he needed to win. Since then, Peterson tells News 25 he’s been out working his opponent. “The constituents see that I’m working harder. We’re hitting the streets every day. It’s something that we’re not taking for granted,” said Peterson.
According to Harrison County election officials, this year’s primary had a below average voter turnout. Brisolara tells News 25 he’s been pounding the pavement to get new voters out to the polls. “You know when you reverse this and you see that only 22 percent showed up, 80 percent of the citizens of Harrison County didn’t take the time to vote. We’ve got to get people out there to vote and we’re working on it every day.”
For now, Melvin Brisolara is your Harrison County sheriff, but next week’s runoff could change that. Brisolara says bringing this jail out from under the oversight of the Department of Justice is his crowning achievement, but Troy Peterson says it’s time to take things to the next level.
“I think getting the trust and the integrity brought back into the office. We got that office transparency. We brought that to the table, we’ve got communication opened up. Things are moving forward. I want to continue that path of moving forward,” said Brisolara.
To Peterson, moving forward means several improvements, including more transparency. “Better law enforcement, more accessibility to the office, more accessibility to the sheriff. I want the people to know me. You know I want the people in the communities to know me. I want to get out in the communities and talk to people.”
Voters will head to the polls next Tuesday for runoff elections.

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