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Three to challenge Sheriff Woody

The Richmond Free Press is reporting three likely challengers to Sheriff C.T. Woody:

At this point, the two-term Democrat appears likely to have three challengers seeking to unseat him. They are: Antionette V. Irving, a major with the Henrico County Sheriff’s Office; Lamont Kizzie, a retired Richmond sheriff’s deputy, and Chris Dorsey, a City Council gadfly.

Sheriff C.T.Woody
http://www.richmondgov.com/sheriff/

Irving for Sherif
http://irvingforsheriff.com

Lamont Kizzie
https://www.facebook.com/lamont.kizzie.7

Chris Dorsey
https://www.facebook.com/events/120864784773088/

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fanofthefan
fanofthefan
7 years ago

RT @chpn: Three to challenge Sheriff Woody http://t.co/9WJrnhLol8

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

Can someone explain what exactly a “City Council gadfly” does? Sounds interesting…

Gold
Gold
7 years ago

First grow a beard. Then be contrary to everything.

spacecat
spacecat
7 years ago

I also wondered what ‘gadfly’ meant in this context.
a google ‘gadfly definition’ search brings these up:

gad·fly – /?gad?fl?/ – Noun

1.A fly that bites livestock, esp. a horsefly, warble fly, or botfly.
2.An annoying person, esp. one who provokes others into action by criticism.

The sheriff’s dept. could use a little of #2. As long as ‘action’ actually happens.

Anybody have any links to some neutral reviews of these contenders?

Brett Hunnicutt
Brett Hunnicutt
7 years ago

Nepotism 2013

crd
crd
7 years ago

I think Irving ran against him in the past, but my memory isn’t that good. Anyone else remember?

#5, how is this nepotism when, to my knowledge, none of these people are related to Woody? He is the king of it, granted.

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

Irving did look the most competent of the bunch from a quick scan of the material linked.

Woody seems to be a typical self dealing Richmond politician which probably means he’ll get it though.

PTG
PTG
7 years ago

Irving has always been a strong supporter of the community, her foundation has often supported events at the The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club.

spacecat
spacecat
7 years ago

Thanks for the link #7. Irving seems to have relevant experience and is from outside the city’s political structure. Both are positive traits, in my view. November is still a long way off though…

Erik
Erik
7 years ago

Gadfly is too kind. I would take anyone over Chris Dorsey.

A. WMS
A. WMS
7 years ago

The current sheriff, C.T. Woody, makes nearly $140,000 per year and spreads the “wealth” by hiring multiple family members. In his platform, chris dorsey would reduce his pay by over $100,000 and promises not to hire any family members. This alone would be a direct/immediate impact upon the taxpaying citizens of Richmond. Have the other candidates made any such claim? What of promising to not hire family members? The writer of the above excerpt, Jeremy Lazarus and Free Press Owner Ray Boone have known dorsey for many years and published letters he wrote in their paper. The letters cover subjects… Read more »

chris dorsey
chris dorsey
7 years ago

Platform: Uphold the US and Virginia Constitutions. All who violate the law including corporate officers and Government officials will be arrested. Under the law all power is vested in and derived from the people. End the unconstitutional war on drugs. The Richmond Jail will cease jailing those with non- violent drug charges. Immediately reduce the number of inmates in Richmond Jail. Only those who pose a threat to the people and violate the law will be jailed. End corruption in Sheriffs office and Government as a whole. No more deaths due to cruel and unusual punishment. No more hiring family.… Read more »

chris dorsey
chris dorsey
7 years ago

As a member of the Richmond City Democratic Committee I have been a witness to CT Woody running against two Democrats. He did not join the Committee until after the 2009 primary. Calling Woody a Democrat is not only oxymoronic it is factual incorrect. I have since seen him at none of the monthly meetings. Two candidates have agreed to a series of debates on the US and VA Constitutions. Will the others answer the challenge?

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

“Immediately reduce the number of inmates in Richmond Jail. Only those who pose a threat to the people and violate the law will be jailed.” Are you saying there are inmates in the jail who did not violate a law? If so, please give some more specifics here… Also, which portion of the constitution prohibits drug charges? I’m a libertarian myself who feels that the drug war is misguided and a waste of funds but don’t know that I’d go so far as to say its “unconstitutional.” To my knowledge the existing laws have passed the process spelled out. Whether… Read more »

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

Also, what experience do you have managing a department, team or other organization? Having good ideas is one thing, being able to execute them takes a whole other set of skills.

chris dorsey
chris dorsey
7 years ago

Alex, thanks for the chance to clarify my platform. Through my reading and comprehension of the supreme law the war on drugs is nothing more than a unconstitutional war on the people. This war has unlawful confiscation of property, unlawful detention, unlawful searches, excessive fines, not to mention America has the largest prison population on the planet as a result. When I am Sheriff the dedicated citizens of Richmond will run the city. I am a former business owner who will have co workers campaigning with me.

BAF
BAF
7 years ago

Mr. Dorsey: I am not aware of a section the Virginia code that gives local sheriffs the power to “cease jailing those with non-vilent drug charges,” if they were sentenced to jail lawfully by the courts. While I agree that it is silly for us to sentence these people to punitive confinement, that does not mean that allows me to ignore the law as I see fit if I am entrusted to uphold them. How will you as Sheriff–a position where you are sworn to uphold the law but not one where you have the power to legislate or adjudicate–realistically… Read more »

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

I’m still not seeing any citations of why you believe a ban on drugs is “unconstitutional”? Can you be more specific? I too am familiar with the Constitution but haven’t yet found the part where it says “don’t restrict the people’s access to drugs.” Like I said earlier, I actually agree that the war on drugs has been a miserable failure. However for folks to throw around “unconstitutional” when stuff isn’t, cheapens that word. It also makes me doubt their reading comprehension skills. Has our government stretched the boundaries of what is constitutional, or crossed this line, in pursuing the… Read more »

Chris Dorsey
Chris Dorsey
7 years ago

Hi Alex, In order to execute the war on drugs the government violates nearly all of the Amendments in the Bill of Rights. There have been groups who consume cannabis as a religious sacrament which is clearly guaranteed under Amendment I. Government agencies use tax payer dollars to pay for drug tests, as well as forcing individuals to urinate in a cup which violates Amendment IV and Amendment V. The rigged courts completely ignore Amendments V, VI, and VII through private property confiscated by the government. VI and VII mandate a speedy jury trial which occurs in less than 5… Read more »

rrrrrrratchet
rrrrrrratchet
7 years ago

I’m totally getting a wingnut vibe here. Anyone else?

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

Chris, You got some valid points in there but you’re still stretching it too thin… “There have been groups who consume cannabis as a religious sacrament which is clearly guaranteed under Amendment I” To my knowledge, the government has allowed for peyote use when it meets religious purposes so I’m surprised that there isn’t an exception here also. However, this still isn’t enough for a broad overturning of duly passed laws on a constitutional basis. This could be addressed by allowing a religious exception where it is appropriate. “Government agencies use tax payer dollars to pay for drug tests” This… Read more »

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

@23 – it sounds like an Occupy / Wingnut stance, yes. I actually think those groups are right on more issues than they aren’t. However, it’s always a case of them getting there with sloppy logic making me question whether they really know what they are talking about mixed with some real kooky shit on the other issues that makes me want to run. There are plenty of sane people who think drugs should be legalized, police are overzealous, the Federal Reserve is broken, etc. but the difference is how they come at that conclusion, the rationale behind it and… Read more »

crd
crd
7 years ago

Mr. Dorsey, would you be willing to post your resume? I, too am curious. I am not familiar with Picasso Moon and The Happy Corner – is the former related to the Paper Moon? I am unable to watch videos from my place of work, so perhaps a resume would be easier to read at this point. Thank you for your responses thus far although I do not necessariy agree with all of them.

ray
ray
7 years ago

Mr. Dorsey – Were you the guy who was kicked out of the occupiers?

spacecat
spacecat
7 years ago

#18 makes cogent points. While Mr. Dorsey’s ideas strike a chord, his ability to practically enact them, as Sheriff, seem unrealistic. The Sheriff has no real authority to release convicted (fairly or otherwise) individuals at his or her personal discretion. Nor can the Sheriff change any laws at his or her discretion. Mr. Dorsey, if you want to make any real changes from within the existing political structure, play your cards closer to the vest. Making the kind of statements listed above, in a public forum, you come across as idealistic, but unrealistic.

Chris Dorsey
Chris Dorsey
7 years ago

I am the operator of the first Occupy Richmond Facebook page, I called for the First Occupy Richmond meeting and negotiated the location of the event with representatives of the Richmond City Government. I was one of the organizers of Occupy Bilderberg, and hosted the National Occupy Caravan last summer after Occupy Richmond ceased to meet. I have been opposing the criminal, unconstitutional banking system before the Occupy movement started. The Constitution is the law the current government makes a mockery of the law. This election will be about those who want justice and liberty vs, status quo corruption. It… Read more »

BAF
BAF
7 years ago

Mr. Dorsey:

It is wonderful that you “stand with the people and the Constitution.” It’s great that you have occupied lots of things per comment #29. But that does not answer any of the salient questions I laid out in comment #18. How are you going to do the things you propose without being held in contempt of court or held in dereliction of duty–thereby causing you to be removed from office and rendered ineffectual?

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

@27 – since he declined to answer it… the answer is yes.

http://www.the-richmonder.com/2012/04/richmonds-village-idiot.html

I can’t decide if it’s a badge of honor to be kicked out of this group or not.

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

@26 – PIcasso Moon = head shop. Presumably named for the Grateful Dead song by that name. Seemed to sell mostly stuff like tie-dyed hemp clothing with a smattering of costumes.

Happy Corner = drug paraphenalia shop. Richmond’s finest collection of bongs, bowls and smoker supplies.

Was anyone expecting anything different?

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

@30 – I don’t think he’s bothered thinking that far ahead or seriously expects to win. This whole campaign seems to be more of an awareness play than a serious attempt at gaining office. (If that’s not the case, it should be) Not that the other choices are that much better (Irving is the possible exception) but they’re much closer to the kind of mediocrity that Richmond generally prefers – inept and over their head, more of the same policies, connected to the local machine, etc. Even a fool realizes that unless Dorsey has some of the local preachers in… Read more »

Chris Dorsey
Chris Dorsey
7 years ago

Alex, the writer of the article you posted is named JC Wilmore. There is a warrant out for his arrest because he attacked me by chocking me and banging my head against the flagpole at the Suntrust building before a Richmond Democratic Committee meeting. He wrote this article because I exposed his employer Wayne Powell for stealing from a co-atttorney named MR Lines. Powell was the Dem candidate for the 7th Congressional district. As one can see this video has been edited taking out parts documenting false statements made against me and exposing those leading the false accusations against me… Read more »

BAF
BAF
7 years ago

Alex:

I agree that Mr. Dorsey’s whole platform appears to lack a consideration of the consequences of his proposals from a legal perspective. But that being said, perhaps he has a way around it I am not aware of. I would encourage him to present it, if so.

BAF
BAF
7 years ago

Mr. Dorsey: Not being familiar with how a District Court Judge grants someone “sovereignty” over a higher court than their own, I took a moment to look up the case. First, Judge Gibney’s order in the case is highly entertaining. I like where he writes “The Court dispenses with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the Court and oral argument will not aid the decisional process.” Second, it would appear that for have confused “sovereignty over the 4th District Court ” with “The Court grants the (defendants’) motions to dismiss.” Unfortunately,… Read more »

BAF
BAF
7 years ago

If anyone else would like to read the decision in Mr. Dorsey’s case, it may be found here:

http://dockets.justia.com/docket/virginia/vaedce/3:2012cv00650/285374/

spacecat
spacecat
7 years ago

When will those who ‘govern’ dispense with the ‘big ideas’ and just run the store? Here’s what I want in a sheriff: Run the jail. Make sure the inmates don’t die mysteriously. NO nepotism. ( Are there no laws that prevent that in the Virginia statutes?) Basically, do your job. Keep it simple. Be honest. Dorsey strikes me as a man seeking power. Not that different from Woody, actually. He wants a little fiefdom to call his own. “Refuse to lock those up who have not committed a crime.”??? So at Mr. Dorsey’s personal discretion, he will decide who stays… Read more »

edg
edg
7 years ago

Mr. Dorsey has not presented an intelligent argument at all.

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

@38 – great points and well put. It’s not like being sheriff is rocket science. The court sentences them, you keep them locked up. Not that hard really.

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

Can we get the other three candidates in here please?

crd
crd
7 years ago

Alex #32, many thanks for the clarification, and for giving me a reason to laugh this morning. BAF #37, thanks to you for the link, I read the entire opinion and agree that Mr. Dorsey appears to have a problem with legal interpretation. Once I realized it was L. Shirley Harvey who was the other person involved as plaintiff, I had a different slant on it even before I finished reading the judge’s opinion. I will always remember her as having led a ‘prayer vigil’ atop the city hall observation deck in which she walked backwards and chanted in an… Read more »

Unconvinced
Unconvinced
7 years ago

Chris Dorsey’s a rightwing nut job with a crack habit and a penchant for assault. His concept of an election is screaming until everyone’s looking at him. What’s the criteria for being listed as a candidate here, just saying it enough?

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

@43 – interesting that you’d refer to him as “rightwing” when Occupy is generally thought of as the leftist version of the tea party. Any particular reason you came to this conclusion? Is it because you are left leaning and don’t want to have him associated with you?

The rest of that description I agree with but “left wing” and “right wing” are such sloppy descriptors and I usually find they reveal more about the person using than the person described.

Jeff E.
Jeff E.
7 years ago

So this discussion was pretty involved at one point.. I hope this important issue surfaces again. I’m afraid with so many people running that Woody is going to manage to get re-elected and I’d prefer that didn’t happen.

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