Former South Bend Police Chief Chuck Hurley will not be running for St. Joseph County Sheriff, after all.
On Friday, June 22, Hurley issued the following statement explaining his decision to drop out of the race:
While I am forever grateful for your overwhelming show of support, I no longer wish to be a candidate for St. Joseph County Sheriff because I am not willing to subject myself to a smear campaign by the South Bend Tribune.
The South Bend Tribune inserted itself into an otherwise democratic and constitutional process as a self-appointed arbiter of who should be allowed to run and who should not. In their opinion, it is not your constitutional right, nor is it mine to run for elected office — unless they say it is.
Though none of us can vote for our elected officials until November, according to the Tribune, ‘the voters have already spoken.’ This apparently means that democracy is over for now. I suppose we can revisit it in a few years if it’s okay with the South Bend Tribune.
In spite of what the Tribune claimed in the newspaper on June 21, my candidacy was based solely on the qualifications I would bring in leading a successful County Police Department. They also made false claims about how I decided to run. The decision was between me and my wife. No one else. So, it might have been good for them to ask someone.
As a candidate, I expected to run against other candidates. I did not expect to run against a newspaper that reaches hundreds of readers a day with imagined facts and conspiracy theories to fit their agenda.
Frankly, I don’t have the megaphone that they do. So, it is clear that it will be impossible for me to compete fairly.
I am greatly appreciative of all of you who have expressed your support for me. However, I have lost my desire to be a candidate for St. Joseph County Sheriff.
This is the only statement that I will make regarding this issue. I will have no further comments.
Thank you sincerely,