(Liberty, Texas May 29, 2012 - posted 7:01 PM) The people have spoken. In 2008 Henry Patterson promised voters across the county if he was elected it would be the end of good ole boy politics in the Sheriff’s Department. And he promised the people of Cleveland that his department would focus much of its attention on them. He hired men that had been rejected in Harris County and hitched his campaign wagon to people who did not live here. Tuesday, March 29th, after weeks of delay because of Democrat judges, voters in Liberty County finally voiced their opinion about Sheriff Patterson’s performance the last three and a half years.
Incumbents are often difficult to beat. They have the advantage of being able to make and to shape the news. So some will call the results of this race an upset, but voters were aware of the leadership problems in the department and they have waited for the election to vote for a change. Liberty Dispatch wants to thank all of those who read and/or contributed to postings that pointed out the problems with Patterson’s administration and his campaign strategists.
Voters have decisively chosen Bobby Rader as the next Sheriff of Liberty County. Rader is not scheduled to officially take office until January 2013.