May 15, 2018
ORANGE COUNTY – May 15th – Today the Dave Harrington for Sheriff campaign announced the endorsement of nearly 30 current and past South Orange County Mayors and Councilmembers.
The overwhelming support for Harrington stems from frustration with the lack of enforcement that has led to a homeless crisis affecting all Orange County cities as well as rising costs of the Sheriff’s contract, which is increasing at an unsustainable rate.
May 1, 2018
O.C. Sheriff’s Department Expected To Massively Overrun Budget Despite No Increase In Service Levels To Keep Our Streets Safe
ORANGE COUNTY – May 1 – On day one of the 5th calendar month, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department officials already anticipate a mid-year budget overrun of $33 million with zero increase in service levels to keep the streets of Orange County safe. The massive overspend during the first half of the year was largely due to increased salaries and benefits and the $33 million overrun is required to prevent services slipping below the current level of operations.
April 9, 2018
ORANGE COUNTY – April 9 – Today the Dave Harrington for Sheriff campaign announced the endorsement of the major veterans organization, VetsROC (Veterans, Republicans of Orange County). VetsROC is a Chapter of the California Republican Veterans Association (CRVA) and is formally recognized by the California Republican Party (CRP). Members of VetsROC unanimously endorsed Dave following the Orange County Gun Owners Coalition forum. Dave leads with a groundswell of local momentum with the most endorsements from local mayors and councilmembers and is endorsed by the California Republican Assembly.
April 5, 2018
Orange County — April 5 — Dave Harrington’s campaign proudly announces the endorsements from over 40 current and former local elected leaders. Local elected officials who are on the front line providing police services to their communities understand our Sheriff Department needs better direction to cut wasteful spending and a leader who will crackdown on crime to keep us safe.
March 17, 2018
Orange County March 17, 2018 - Today the California Republican Assembly overwhelmingly endorsed Dave Harrington for Orange County Sheriff. The delegates endured a seven-hour long endorsement meeting with dozens of candidates seeking the endorsement. The endorsement requires a two-thirds majority vote of the delegates and many of the contested races ended in “no- endorsement.”
March 8, 2018
Orange County – March 8 – Today Sheriff candidate Dave Harrington applauded the Trump administration for taking a tough stance against California’s lax immigration laws that put the rights of illegal immigrants above American people. Harrington is a 28-year veteran of the Sheriff’s department and is a strong opponent of Sacramento policies AB 109, Prop 47 and Prop 57 that have let violent criminals out of jail early and made our communities less safe.
January 31, 2018
Orange County – January 31 – Purple Heart recipient and KFI AM 640 radio host Bryan Suits endorsed Dave Harrington for Orange County Sheriff. This comes after Bill Handel announced his support this week, making this Dave’s second major endorsement from KFI radio.
January 29, 2018HARRINGTON LEADS WITH EVEN MORE ENDORSEMENTS FROM ELECTED OFFICIALS
Orange County – January 29 – Today, even more local elected officials announced their endorsements for Orange County Sheriff candidate Dave Harrington, adding to a long list of local community leaders. Harrington’s campaign has achieved an unprecedented level of community support, including dozens of local elected officials and community leaders.
January 15, 2018Harrington Scores Major Endorsement from Radio Talk Show Host Bill Handel
Orange County – January 15 – Today, Radio talk show host at KFI AM 640 and founder of the Center for Surrogate Parenting, Bill Handel endorsed Dave Harrington for Orange County Sheriff. Handel’s endorsement adds to a growing list of dozens of community leaders who have voiced their support in favor of Harrington’s bold reforms at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
January 4, 2017
The Orange County Register set the candidates apart in the race for Sheriff and summed up the choice voters will make at the polls this year, [News January 1, 2018.]
While our opponent "represents a continuation of Hutchens’ policies", Harrington is running as a
December 4, 2017
Orange County — December 4 — Another round of endorsements puts Harrington as the clear favorite of who local elected leaders prefer to be their next Sheriff. Dave is recognized as the candidate who can lead a reform agenda and guide the Orange County Sheriff’s Department out of its current state marred by scandal. They trust in Dave’s ability to keep us safe and bring dangerous criminals to trial with fairness and transparency...read more
November 6, 2017
Orange County — November 6 — Sheriff candidate Dave Harrington’s campaign pledges a new mission statement for the Sheriff’s department that will be implemented immediately if Harrington is sworn-in to the office. Harrington’s goal in redefining the department’s mission is to augment the Sheriff’s responsibility explaining exactly how the office will safeguard its citizens. The current mission is vague in its approach simply stating: ‘we provide exceptional law enforcement services’ without elaborating on the Sheriff’s commitment to equipping officers with the latest crime fighting techniques and training procedures...read more
October 30, 2017
Orange County – October 30 – The Harrington for Sheriff campaign announced support from more local elected leaders further solidifying his candidacy to be the next Orange County Sheriff...read more
October 17, 2017
Barnes switched his party affiliation from Decline to State to Republican days before he announced candidacy for Sheriff. He then proceeds to attack Harrington’s wife and misconstrue facts.
Orange County – October 17th – In a desperate attempt to cover up the fact that Don Barnes is not a loyal and dedicated member of the Republican party Barnes switched his party registration days before he decided to run for political office, he then proceeds to send out a smear release attacking Sheriff candidate Dave Harrington’s wife, Michele, for releasing his “confidential” voter registration. All voter records are considered public information. Michele Harrington sent less than six emails privately and did not “email blast” out the information. The Harrington campaign challenges Barnes to “put up or shut up” and show proof of a major email blast being sent.
Since Barnes was a registered Decline To State voter since 2011 he was ineligible to vote for any Republican nominee for President and did not vote for Donald Trump in his critical primary race. He has no history of financial support of Republican candidates and no past of advocating for Republican values. In fact, Barnes has not pointed to one fact that proves he is a loyal Republican. Instead he chose to attack a private citizen, Michele Harrington....read more
September 21, 2017
Orange County — September 21 — Sheriff candidate Dave Harrington’s campaign is pleased to announce the success of his fundraiser this week at the Winery, Tustin. The event sold out due to overwhelming support for his candidacy.
Guests included numerous prominent elected and former elected officials as well as leaders from the law enforcement community. Irvine Mayor Don Wagner, honored co-host, stressed the need for a change at the Sheriff’s Department, which has been tainted by recent scandals...read more
September 13, 2017
Orange County — September 13 — Aliso Viejo Mayor Dave Harrington, a retired Orange County Sheriff's Department sergeant who is running for Sheriff in 2018, applauded the Orange County Board of Supervisors' request that the Sheriff’s Department finally make an effort to clean up the Santa Ana Riverbed and make the bike trail safe again. The Supervisor's' decision comes just days after Harrington’s public call for the Sheriff to take a leadership role on the riverbed homelessness issue...read more
August 23, 2017
Orange County — OC Sheriff candidate Harrington takes firm stance to demand a review of management at the Sheriff’s Department following the Dekraai ruling last week. The worst mass murderer in County history, Scott Dekraai, will not face the death penalty because of systemic misconduct by officials at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals cited misconduct of Sheriff’s officials who failed to comply with lawfully issued court orders to turn over documents for years, citing “indolence and obfuscation” by the Department in his ruling. Public safety is at risk under the leadership at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department as there are at least six other cases where suspects received a reduced sentence or had their cases overturned because of the scandal.
Dave Harrington, candidate for Orange County Sheriff called for accountability following the ruling on the Dekraai case, “The Sheriff and the upper management failed to take any responsibility for their role in the ruling. This suspect deserved the death penalty and had leadership ensured compliance with the court orders in a timely fashion the judge would not have had a reason to rule otherwise. They should apologize to the families for prolonging the tragedy and apologize to the officers and detectives from Seal Beach who handled this scene. They deserved better. The citizens of Orange County should be able to trust in the Sheriff’s Department’s ability to bring dangerous criminals to trial with fairness and transparency.”
“Public safety should never be compromised by the poor judgement and misconduct of law enforcement officials. We have not seen a law enforcement leader willing to speak out and stand up to corruption; I pledge to be that leader. I will pursue reform and put an end to the scandals that plague the Sheriff’s department,” concluded Harrington.
August 8,, 2017HARRINGTON WINS ENDORSEMENT FROM MORE LOCAL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT LEADERS
Orange County –August 8, 2017 — Today the Harrington campaign announced the backing from more prominent local and law enforcement leaders. The announcement comes just days after unveiling the endorsements of ten local mayors, further consolidating Harrington as the most experienced and trusted candidate in the race for Orange County Sheriff.
Lieutenant Bob Wren, former chief of Police Services for Yorba Linda praised Harrington’s candidacy, “The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is in dire need of new leadership. Dave Harrington is one of the County’s most well respected leaders both in local government as Aliso Viejo Mayor and as an expert in law enforcement.” He continued adding, “Dave is the candidate that can turn the Department around. He has my full support.”
Local and law enforcement leaders endorsing Harrington for Orange County Sheriff include:
● Lieutenant Bob Wren (ret.) Former Chief of Police Services, Orange County Sheriff's Department
● Lieutenant Bill Hunt (ret.), Former Chief of Police Services, Orange County Sheriff's Department
● Jennifer Fitzgerald, Fullerton City Council
● Steve Dicterow, Laguna Beach City Council
● Billy O’Connel, Huntington Beach City Council
● Bill Phillips, Aliso Viejo City Council
● Jo Mueller, Dana Point City Council
● Rick Viczorek, Dana Point City Council
● Lieutenant Mohammed Marhaba, Santa Monica Police Department
● Larry Bammer, Laguna Beach Police Employees Association, Vice President
● Ron Hodges, (ret.) Sergeant, Orange County Sheriff's Department
● Sandy Kirsch, (ret.) Sergeant, Orange County Sheriff's Department
Harrington responded, “Local leaders support me because I’m looking out for their cities and the rising costs for taxpayers. Law enforcement supports me because they know the Deputies will be my top priority. I am honored to receive all the support.”
JULY 21, 2017SHERIFF CANDIDATE HARRINGTON WINS SUPPORT FROM NUMEROUS MAYORS
Orange County — July 21 – Today, Dave Harrington unveiled widespread support from Mayors across the County in his bid for Orange County Sheriff underscoring his experience not only as a public servant, but his unwavering commitment to public safety. Harrington is the leading candidate with the most support from local elected as his candidacy continues to pick up speed.
The endorsements come from Mayors across Orange County, including:
LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS
Donald Wagner, Mayor Irvine
Jerry Slusiewicz, Mayor Laguna Niguel
Dr. Allan Bernstein, Mayor Tustin
Debra Lewis, Mayor Dana Point
Kevin Muldoon, Mayor Newport Beach
Paul Wyatt, Mayor Pro Tem. Dana Point
Michael Vaughn, Mayor Pro Tem. Rancho Santa Margarita
Mike Posey, Mayor Pro Tem. Huntington Beach
Tim Shaw, Mayor Pro Tem. La Habra
Phil Tsunoda, Mayor Pro Tem. Aliso Viejo
Irvine Mayor Donald Wagner said: “Government’s highest priority is to keep its citizens safe. Dave has shown a relentless commitment to the pursuit of justice in his life-long career in law enforcement and is one of the County's most well respected leaders. He has my full support.”
“I’m proud to have earned the support from so many local leaders that know me best and understand that public safety must come first. If elected I look forward to partnering with every city to keep our streets safe and kids out of crime in the first place,” stated Dave Harrington.
JULY 6, 2017ALISO VIEJO MAYOR AND 28-YEAR VETERAN OF THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, DAVE HARRINGTON ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF
Harrington pledges to reform and modernize the OC Sheriff’s department.
Orange County, CA – July 6, 2017 –Today, Aliso Viejo Mayor Dave Harrington announced his candidacy for Orange County Sheriff. The Sheriff’s department has been plagued with scandal after scandal while criminals continue to be released early and crime sky rockets across Orange County. Harrington not only has real hands on experience making well over 1,000 arrests while serving as a Deputy Sheriff, he was given the Medal of Merit for innovations at the Department. Harrington will strive not only to hold criminals accountable but pledges to promote crime prevention by helping those at risk break the cycle of crime.
Mayor Dave Harrington stated, “I’m proud to announce my campaign for Sheriff and pledge to always put the public’s safety first. I’ll help put the sheen back on the badge by restoring transparency and integrity to the department.”
“If elected Sheriff I will bring an unprecedented level of transparency to every corner of the department to bring back trust into the system. I’ll work to modernize the office bringing the latest in crime fighting tools to improve the department’s efficiency and help us catch more violent criminals faster. As Mayor and a former veteran of the Sheriff’s department I see first-hand how rising crime affects our community. We must do a better job of getting violent criminals off our streets and keeping kids out of crime in the first place. I know the positive power Law Enforcement can wield in a community if it’s done right. That’s why I’m running for Orange County Sheriff,” Harrington continued.
Harrington’s Chief Strategist, John Thomas, said “With his 28-year career in law enforcement, well over 1,000 arrests and experience managing a budget as Mayor, Dave is the most qualified to be our next Sheriff. This race will be a referendum on the future of public safety in Orange County. Voters have a choice between the status quo or meaningful reform. The Harrington campaign looks forward to spreading his message of providing opportunities and keeping families safe all across the County.”
ALISO VIEJO MAYOR AND 28-YEAR VETERAN OF THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, DAVE HARRINGTON ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF