John Baker officially announces campaign platform for DeKalb County Sheriff
March 6, 2018
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John Baker officially announces campaign platform for DeKalb County Sheriff

PHOTO: Former Democratic State Representative and State Senator John Baker issued a statement formally announcing his platform for DeKalb County Sheriff in 2018. Baker will face the winner of the Republican Primary in the General Election in November. (Contributed Photo)

By Staff Reports

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — According to a release from John Baker’s campaign for DeKalb County Sheriff: Former State Representative and State Senator John Baker announced that he was qualified as a candidate for Sheriff of DeKalb County. He stated that his candidacy will be based upon three basic principles:

John Baker, Democratic candidate for DeKalb County Sheriff in 2018. (Contributed Photo | John Baker for Sheriff)

Baker is the most Qualified: “I have spent hundreds of hours in court trying criminal cases. That required knowledge of constitutional law, searches, and seizures, and other elements of criminal law. I know a good investigation and a poor investigation when I see one. I also have a long history of administration and personnel management in my law office and in my role as Assistant Vice President – Government Relations while an officer with Norfolk Southern Railroad.”

Smooth Transition in the Sheriff’s Office: “The citizens of DeKalb County deserve a smooth transition transition to new leadership in the Sheriff’s Office. If elected, I will retain every HONEST and HARD WORKING deputy, investigator, and staff person in the Sheriff’s Office. It does not matter who they vote for or even work for in the election. I do not hold grudges. I am only interested in honesty and ethical work for the citizens of DeKalb County.”

Baker will not accept a salary: “I will be totally dedicated to public service as your Sheriff. I will accept only expense allocations and will not accept a salary as Sheriff. DeKalb County already pays one former Sheriff supernumerary pay and in January will have a second sheriff on state retirement.”

John Baker finished high school at Crossville and completed undergraduate and law school at the University of Alabama. He practiced law in Rainsville and Fort Payne before accepting a position with Norfolk Southern Railroad from which he retired. He and his wife, Regena Holdbrooks Baker have three daughters, Gina Hantel of Nashville, Ginger Gary of Auburn, Julie Baker McCollister of Blairsville, Georgia, and seven grandchildren. They live between Collinsville and Crossville on a cattle farm in the valley North of Alabama Highway 68.

John expressed his appreciation to the people of DeKalb Couty for electing him to represent DeKalb County in the State House of Representatives and for electing him twice to represent DeKalb County in the Alabama State Senate. He stated, “It is my desire to serve DeKalb County once again as Sheriff.”

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