Yolo County Sheriff Bows Out
Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto announced Monday he is ending his bid for reelection. The announcement was a bit of a stunner, as Prieto had already decided to run for his sixth term in office. His name will still appear on the June 5 ballot, but he will cease all campaigning efforts.
“It has become clear to me that a contentious campaign between two candidates within our organization would be divisive and ultimately harmful to the department and our mission moving forward,” Prieto said in a statement. He was referring to the candidacy of Undersheriff Tom Lopez. He added that he wishes to spend more time with his family.
Prieto’s law enforcement career spans nearly 50 years and includes almost two decades as Yolo’s sheriff.
“Over the last twenty years the Sheriff Department has improved community engagement, worked to reduce and prevent crime, greatly advanced our technologies and equipment, created a more diverse work force, and expanded our roll in the county. We, together, have done a tremendous amount of great work,” he said.
It hasn’t always been smooth sailing. The sheriff had previously been accused of sexual harassment and subjecting a deputy to racial slurs. Although those cases were ultimately dismissed for lack of evidence, they were being raised again by another candidate in the race, retired corrections education administrator John L. Jackson. That candidate has since been disqualified from running because he does not meet the minimum requirements, according to the Davis Enterprise.