After reading the letter by Carmen Araujo on why she thinks Ernie Mendoza is the best choice for sheriff, I can give her some reasons why he is not the best choice.
Sheriff Carter supports a private prison for INS inmates that will generate over $1 million annually for the Sheriff's Office for employee raises and create over 350 good paying jobs averaging $19 an hour. Mr. Mendoza opposes it.
Some of Mr. Mendoza's claims at recent forums: There have been two suicides in the jail in the last 18 months (It's only two; the third died at the hospital of hepatitis). The federal count is down because the marshals don't trust us (the marshals inspected the jail six weeks ago and were happy. The count is down because there have been fewer arrests at the border since 9/11.)
He "demanded and implemented" a suicide prevention plan when he took over the jail (There's always been one. It's required by law. He had the plan "revised," which has been on his desk for 10 months without being implemented).