Incumbent Sheriff Jim Anderson managed to snag the key political endorsement of the hotly contested sheriff’s race, that of the Deputy Sheriff’s Association. The DSA announced only that Anderson won more votes than any of the other three candidates running for the post, but declined to state exactly how many votes each of the candidates received. With a four-way race, the union decided early on to relax bylaws requiring candidates to win endorsement by an actual majority of votes cast. The race pits Anderson the incumbent against his predecessor, former Sheriff Jim Thomas, Lompoc Mayor Bill Brown, and Sheriff’s Lt. Butch Arnoldi. With the endorsement, the DSA also pledged to give Anderson’s campaign $25,000. Four years ago the DSA gave Anderson $50,000.

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