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Publish Date: 10/13/2006

Sheriff, coroner candidates square off at T-C forum


LONGMONT — If elected sheriff, Bo Shaffer’s first move will be to “fall on his knees and beg Joe Pelle to stay.”

Pelle, a Democrat, and Shaffer, a Libertarian, are vying for the office of Boulder County sheriff against each other for a second time. Pelle won the first round four years ago.

Speaking during an election forum at Longmont High School on Thursday, Shaffer reiterated that he does not expect to win the election, but he’s made some plans in case he does.

“By (the end of a term), I’ll probably make a Libertarian out of him,” Shaffer said, looking back at a chuckling Pelle.

While Shaffer said his primary goal, if elected, would be to move the county in a more Libertarian direction, Pelle said he hopes to continue the high level of excellence the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office has maintained for many years.

“The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office has an excellent reputation in this community and in the state, and I think that I have helped contribute to that reputation,” Pelle said.

Minutes earlier, Boulder County Coroner Tom Faure squared off with his opponent, Lisa Jo Floyd, saying Boulder County voters should re-elect him because of his years of experience in the field.

Faure, a Democrat who first won office in 2002, said he was most proud of his office’s “professional, competent and compassionate” death investigations over the past three years.

Faure served as the chief medical examiner under former county Coroner Dr. John Meyer, who stepped down in 2002 because Colorado law limits elected officials to two terms.

“Being a coroner is serious business,” he said. “Having an interest is not enough.”

But Floyd, an emergency room doctor in Aurora, said she has more than just an interest in the job.

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