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League of Women Voters: Sorry we had to cancel sheriff's forum [Letter]

The League of Women Voters of Baltimore City apologizes to Baltimore voters for having to cancel the debate between Baltimore City sheriff candidates John W. Anderson and David Anthony Wiggins.

A public forum to explain the role and responsibility of the sheriff's office and the views of the two candidates had been scheduled for Oct. 22, but because of Mr. Anderson's unresponsiveness to our invitation to participate in the process the event has been canceled.

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The sheriff has an important role in the city, and when one official has held the job for many years, citizens have a right to hear his views and those of his opponents. The League of Women Voters has for many years facilitated forums for candidates for various offices so that voters can hear what they have to say.

The sheriff receives an annual salary $114,050 and serves a four-year term. The Baltimore City Sheriff's Office is the enforcement arm of the Baltimore Court system. In 2010, it had 213 employees and a budget of $15 million.

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The sheriff's office has many responsibilities, including serving summonses, subpoenas, and Rent Court orders and evictions, executing arrest warrants, domestic violence and peace orders and maintaining order in Circuit Court courtrooms.

Information about these candidates and other candidates can be found at the League of Women Voters' Voters Guide website.

Lois Hybl, Baltimore

The writer is co-president of the League of Women Voters of Baltimore City.

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