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May 8, 2014 10:42 PM

Merced sheriff’s candidates square off at forum

Gang violence, administrative experience and racial diversity were some of the key topics Wednesday during a forum for the four candidates vying to be the next Merced County sheriff. More than 70 people turned out to listen to the debate hosted by the League of Women Voters at the Civic Center in Merced. As with previous debates, candidates Pat Lunney, 66, Jim Soria, 45, Frank Swiggart, 47, and Vern Warnke, 55, basically agreed on nearly every issue. Perhaps the only difference of opinion came during a question about racial diversity at the Sheriff’s Department.

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