Hodgson, Heroux go head-to-head in debate
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) — Incumbent Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson and challenger Paul Heroux faced off in a two-hour radio debate Wednesday night.
During the debate, Hodgson said, “The difference between [Heroux] and I is that I’ve been in law enforcement for 30 years. I’ve been in the sheriff for 25 and I’ve committed to this job this passion of keeping our community safe.”
Hodgson has held the seat as sheriff since 1997 and is seeking re-election for his fifth term.
“He hopped from one political job to the next to the next,” Hodgson added.
Recently, Heroux, who is the mayor of Attleboro, cited a 2018 report from the New England Center for Investigative Reporting that stated that more than a quarter of all suicides in state jails happen in New Bedford. This came after an inmate committed suicide in his cell earlier this month.
“I worked for jails, went to grad school, ran for state rep., ran for mayor and the folks of Attleboro asked me to run for mayor. Now, they ask me to run for sheriff,” Heroux said. “I won’t be sheriff for life. I want to go in and make the system better.”
Residents in Massachusetts can vote early for the November election starting Oct. 22.