On Thursday May 26, 2016, the Women for Responsible Legislation, a non-partisan conservative group, hosted the third Sheriff of Escambia County debate at Pensacola City Hall. Participants included Ron McNesby, former Escambia County sheriff; John Johnson, retired DEA agent; Doug Baldwin, Sr., retired Pensacola Police Department lieutenant; David Morgan, incumbent Sheriff; and, Rex Blackburn, retired Escambia County deputy sheriff. All except Blackburn are running as Republicans.
The following videos are published in the following order: a welcome statement from Donna Clark for the WRL. Opening and closing remarks for each of the candidates. The Question & Answer session. In the latter, all of the candidates answered the same question. Each candidate was given two minutes for a response. There is only one break in the Q&A session. The moderator went to the next question before David Morgan answered. These videos have not been edited. Nor is there any editorial comment.
The actual order of the Opening statements was: David Morgan, John Johnson, Doug Baldwin, Ron McNesby, and Rex Blackburn.
The actual order of the Closing statements was: Ron McNesby, Doug Baldwin, John Johnson, David Morgan, and Rex Blackburn.
During the Q&A sessions, the moderator eventually went to a round-robin format where each panelist rotated into the opening slot.
Watch and listen to the videos and make your own mind up.
OPENING AND CLOSING STATEMENTS, DAVID MORGAN
OPENING AND CLOSING STATEMENTS, JOHN JOHNSON
OPENING AND CLOSING STATEMENTS, DOUG BALDWIN, SR.
OPENING AND CLOSING STATEMENTS, RON MCNESBY
OPENING AND CLOSING STATEMENTS, REX BLACKBURN
QUESTION: PROGRAM TO COMBAT DRUG CRIME
QUESTION: WHY DO YOU WANT THIS JOB?
QUESTION: STRATEGY TO DEAL WITH COUNTY JAIL
QUESTION: DEPUTIES QUESTIONING AND THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN
QUESTION: COUNTY SHERIFF SUPREMACY AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
QUESTION: LAW ENFORCEMENT TRUST FUND SPENDING
QUESTION: SCOPE OF SUPERVISION QUALIFICATION
QUESTION: PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT IN ESCAMBIA COUNTY