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3 law enforcement veterans face off in Tehama Co. Sheriff election

The Tehama County Sheriff's Office.

The Tehama County Sheriff's race is getting more crowded, with current Sheriff Dave Hencratt now facing two challengers.

Mike Swithenbank, a former Chico State police officer, says he is running his campaign on a promise to put the people first.

"I am really big on customer service," said Swithenbank. "My thing is going to be visibility and approachability. I will be one of the most approachable sheriffs this county has ever seen."

Swithenbank is going up against incumbent Dave Hencratt.

Hencratt has been with the Tehama County Sheriff's Office for 30 years, and he's been the sheriff since 2011.

Now seeking a third term, Hencratt believes that he owes it to the office and his co-workers to provide stability.

"I know what I'm doing. I know the budget. I know our department. I know our citizens. So, you know, if you take that into perspective, why would you vote for somebody else?" said Hencratt.

The third candidate, Stephen Harper, is a current Red Bluff police officer with a 14-year career in law enforcement.

Harper announced on his Facebook page Thursday morning that quality control will greatly increase if he is elected.

He noted that he intends to make improvements to response times to calls for service.

The Tehama County Sheriff's Office primary is on June 5.

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