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Letter: David Waters Defends Record

The man hoping to become Cherokee County's next sheriff said he was not behind the release of photos that show Sheriff Roger Garrison in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

1. First and foremost, I had nothing to do with the release of the photos nor did anyone in my campaign. Mr. Garrison’s allegations in this regard are completely false. Roger is correct however when he admits that it was a big mistake for him to wear the . I totally agree with Roger on that point: It was a big mistake. There is no one in this County that wants to see their Sheriff dressed as a Klansman. That behavior is out-of-bounds no matter where; no matter when; no matter who. But it is particularly out-of-bounds for a law enforcement officer to dress-up as a Klansman. Roger was a police officer at the time. A police officer dressed as a Klansman is a fatal mistake to many citizens, especially when that officer is running for Sheriff.

2. Roger is also incorrect about his allegations about demotions. I have taken one demotion in my 30+ years in law enforcement which was a voluntary step-back when a new sheriff was elected to my administration. I voluntarily stepped down when I was asked to allow this new sheriff to bring in his own command staff. This is common in every administration change as I have been through eight administration changes during my career. 

3. Roger is also incorrect in his allegations of my current duties and positions with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. I am currently a commander with multiple umbrellas of duty. My record and experience is extensive as are my current duties.  

4. Roger was also wrong to inject my family into this campaign. This campaign must remain a campaign about the issues that face the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and I will keep my campaign focused on those issues. Regrettably, because of Roger’s admitted mistake of dressing as a Klansman, that incident has understandably become a genuine issue in this campaign. Roger must address this issue himself before the voters as he is the one that did it. He dressed as a Klansman. Additionally, Mr. Garrison should address that matter without making false allegations against me.

I hope to become your sheriff and humbly ask you for your vote on July 31 to begin a positive change within your sheriff’s department.

David Waters, candidate for sheriff

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HRoberts July 03, 2012 at 11:32 AM
How stupid do you think the citizens of Cherokee County are, Mr Waters?? You are the one who started slinging mud and making this a nasty race. Quit posting lies about Mr Garrison and face the fact that you are the lesser candidate.
Bluebird July 03, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Desperate David, here we go again. Deny all you want until the cows come in, but you were the first to sling the mud in this political race! The photo released of Sheriff Garrison taken over 30 years ago came from your camp. The guilty dog barks!!
Macy July 03, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I really think it says allot, when you where an outfit like that holding a black balloon, I don't care how long ago it was, he was a officer of the law then, that's all I need to know. I don't care where it came from. I don't even know Waters.
Macy July 03, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I'm sorry wear an kkk outfit, not good.
Concerned For Cherokee July 03, 2012 at 06:45 PM
People who assume David had something to do with these pictures need to stop assuming and start seeing the facts. David said he didn't do it. The media person reporting the story on Channel 2 said the person wanted to be anonymous but she could guarantee it wasn't David, and yet you continue to say "It was David". Since this election started, I've seen several posts that are negative towards Roger. I guess since it's been said and that's the rumor, it has to be true, right?? Because that's what it looks like your basing your opinions on when the facts say different. I find humor that Roger says his past shouldn't matter in this campaign that we should focus on the issues, yet he has no problem throwing out David's marital status. What happens in someone's marriage is not my concern. There are plenty of people who have had divorces and are great business leaders! And if it did matter- do you know why he's been married more than once? Do you know if he's widowed? Or what if she was an adultresses? Do you know?!? Bluebird- I'd love to see how you figure this was started by David. Please explain? Thanks."
No messing here July 03, 2012 at 09:10 PM
No messing here: David Waters did NOT bring forth those photos, the Channel 2 news reporter, Jodi, stated so on live television. That is not even the point. Cherokee County has a Sheriff, ROGER GARRISON, who 20+ years ago, employed at the time as a police officer, attended a party wearing an authentic KKK robe and hood. Not only he do that, he was also carrying a stick with a black balloon signifying a black person's head. That is disgraceful! And he was "off" about the age he indicated he was at the time he pulled this stunt. He was NOT 21 or 22, try 26-28. Anyone who endorses Roger Garrison has sealed their political fate. The State party will not tolerate it, and the RNC will see to it that any one who endorses or contributes to his campaign has any future political ambitions extinguished.
KW July 03, 2012 at 10:18 PM
How could you call someone stupid, Roger is the one in the KKK robe.
Rico July 03, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I find it interesting that neither the the sheriff or his surrogates here have the courage to talk about the BLACK BALLOON. We have heard multiple defenses of how the the costume was only youthful immaturity but NO BODY wants to mention the BLACK BALLOON.
KW July 03, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Bluebird see #1 above or I copied it for you, First and foremost, I had nothing to do with the release of the photos nor did anyone in my campaign. Mr. Garrison’s allegations in this regard are completely false. Roger is correct however when he admits that it was a big mistake for him to wear the robe of the Ku Klux Klan.
KW July 03, 2012 at 10:59 PM
who brought up the pics is not the point, it is that roger is dressed in a KKK robe! that explains a lot in our county!
Concerned For Cherokee July 03, 2012 at 11:31 PM
I watched that movie- Blazing Saddles. I didn't see a black balloon in the movie, which makes me want Roger to explain the significance of adding it to a "costume" based on the characters, if the characters had no such prop???
Rico July 03, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I am exceedingly overjoyed to utilize this great mechanism of free speech which allows multiple views and opposing sides to accurately and articulately express diametrically converging theories. Now if they will just let me say the same things today that I said last week I’ll be happy.
Common Sense July 04, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Wow, it looks like the select few, "David's Desperates" do not have a clue. It is sad to see losers such as Bo, Macy, Concerned for Cherokee and No Messing Around and others try and slander and mislead the voting public. I have been reading these blogs for several weeks and have now decided to get into the gutter with all of you and respond by saying. Either all of you are not too bright by being a fan of Davids or David has several e-mail accounts and very sore fingers. It is what it is and he is what he is and apparently if you know him as I do, he can help it.
JustTheFaxMaam July 04, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Have you ever been to a Halloween party? If not then you need to know that black and orange are more or less the official colors of Halloween ( such as green & red are at Christmas) and thus are used as the colors for the decorations. Could it just have been that whomever was under that mask was holding a meaningless decoration? Just saying ......but if you want it to be something else then that is your perogative but you should not try to influence others into your way of thinking - 2 or more wrongs do not make a right!!!
Concerned For Cherokee July 04, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Slander? Mislead? Losers? Really?!? I see nothing in the above post except someone who feels the need to belittle others to try and convince others to vote for Roger. Sounds like words from a true Roger Garrison fan considering those are the same tactics he used in the debate as well as any public speech he's given. I'm not sure how "Common Sense" was allowed to post a disrespectful postreferring to others as "losers" when the rules specifically state "Patch expects all of its users to be respectful of others" in their policies, but whatever. I can agree with Roger on one view- we need to look at the issues. When is he going to start? I haven't heard anything from Roger, or seen any posts anywhere that deal with the issues, except slander against David. Common Sense- if you talk to Roger, please ask him to start talking about something to his voters when he's trying to win their vote that has to do with the issues and stop trying to win votes by using David's marital record or slandering that David is a "dog catcher". Or is Roger so out of touch with his voters, that he's not aware of what their issues are with the department??
Concerned For Cherokee July 04, 2012 at 05:04 PM
And since it's not a big deal, I think I'm going to dress up as bin Laden for Halloween, carry around pictures of the Trade Centers blowing up and celebrate just like he did on 9/11. I'll say I'm mocking news video footage and it will be okay to do it. After all, it's not a big deal, right??
Rico July 04, 2012 at 05:39 PM
If you do that you can run for president and say you didn't remember any of it.
Rico July 04, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Common sense you and the Garrison supporters are fortunate to have this forum. You can name call and slander here and we can't respond with any of the facts about Roger. So all I can say from this point forward is I know both gentlemen very well and worked with them in the past. I have made my decision on whom to support based on much thought and considderation. I hope you can respect that.
JustTheFaxMaam July 04, 2012 at 06:12 PM
If you are going to be at a private party then you could dress up like Hitler and it would be okay. Also did not realize the movie Blazing Saddles in any way compared to a news cast mockery. Just saying..............
Common Sense July 04, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Concerned For Cherokee, if you can’t see anything in my post have someone read it to you. I’m not trying to belittle anyone but with you’re past posts all you have done is belittle. If you have someone read the blogs to you and explain them to you just might see what I’m talking about (but I doubt it). Lets talk issues, over the past several months I have read in our local newspaper several articles concerning “the issues”. In the Lakeside Ledger several months ago it was stated by David that the cost per person for law enforcement protection in Forsyth County was less than Cherokee County. The newspaper went on a facts check and found this not to be true. He used the excuse that he was given bad information. A man running for Sheriff should admit when he is wrong not pass the buck. Cherokee County’s costs per person were less based on facts. Also I believe the budget was addressed by Sheriff Garrison and it read that he always operated within budget. Education issue has been talked about and I believe Sheriff Garrisons has a collage degree and all of his command staff has collage degrees. Does David have a collage degree? I don’t believe I heard him say.
Common Sense July 04, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Sheriff Garrison said in one article I read that crime in Cherokee is up, but explained it to be because of tremendous growth in the county. I am an educated voter and try to find out facts about issues and I do believe a persons past is important. But I also believe that a person can redeem themselves by their actions. I am a life long resident of this county and have watch our sheriff department go through many changes. The last 20 years we have had a safe community and very proactive Sheriff Department. I have done some reading about David and spoke with some people who know him better than I do. He is ok person and from what I hear an ok deputy, but certainly dose not have the qualifications to be our sheriff. Now I have tried to answer your questions as to what I know to revenant without getting into the gutter. And if you want to dress up like Bin Laden for Halloween an insult the friends and relatives of brave people who died on that tragic day, it a free county you can be as stupid as you want to be as long as you don’t break any laws.
Bluebird July 04, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Wow what a horrible comeback. I can't believe what I just read. Keep your Concern for Cherokee to yourself!

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