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Meet the three candidates for Harrison Co. sheriff's race

Incumbent Melvin Brisolara faces two challengers in the Republican primary. (Photo source: WLOX) Incumbent Melvin Brisolara faces two challengers in the Republican primary. (Photo source: WLOX)
Troy Peterson spent 24 years in the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department before retiring this year. (Photo source: WLOX) Troy Peterson spent 24 years in the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department before retiring this year. (Photo source: WLOX)
The third republican on the primary ballot is former Gulfport Police Officer Todd Stewart. (Photo source: WLOX) The third republican on the primary ballot is former Gulfport Police Officer Todd Stewart. (Photo source: WLOX)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

On Aug. 4 voters will go to the polls for party primaries in county and state elections. The sheriff’s race in Harrison County is getting a lot of attention. 

Incumbent Melvin Brisolara faces two challengers in the Republican primary. 

The Harrison County sheriff manages a major budget with the biggest responsibility being the Harrison County jail.

Brisolara is asking voters to give him a third term as sheriff. He thinks he is the most qualified candidate in the race.

"I've got 37 years of law enforcement experience. I started as a dispatcher and moved up through the ranks. I think I have a good track record with what we have done with this administration. We've kept our promises, and I think we can continue doing that," said Brisolara.

Troy Peterson spent 24 years in the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department before retiring this year.
He served his country with the U.S. Army in Iraq and thinks his experience is a key factor in the contest to become sheriff.

"I've worked in every capacity with the sheriff's office, and I think it's time to put law enforcement back into the office and leave politics out of it. Society has changed. The world is a bad place, and I think law enforcement needs to step up," said Peterson. 

The third republican on the primary ballot is former Gulfport Police Officer Todd Stewart. Stewart is the director of the Southern Regional Public Safety Institute. 

He says he's ready to be sheriff. "In 29 years of experience in law enforcement, I've always succeeded at everything I've tried to do. Not because of me, only because I have the ability to work with others. As a team, I can bring that, and that's what we need in Harrison County," said Stewart.

All three targeted specific goals in moving the department forward.

"The people who work in the office, men and women deserve better than what we have," Peterson said.

"I think we need to get our work center back. That was a very valuable tool to the cities and the county," said Brisolara.

"I don't feel there are true relationships between the cities and the county. I want to change that," Stewart said.

If none of the candidates receive 50 percent plus one of the vote, there will be a runoff election.

There is no opposition in the Harrison County sheriff’s race in the November general election.

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