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Race for DeSoto County Sheriff pits law enforcement veterans against each other

(WMC-TV) - As the race for the DeSoto County Sheriff heats up, two candidates, incumbent DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco and Horn Lake Mayor Nat Baker, are vying for the top spot.

"My goal is to make sure this is the best sheriff's department in the state of Mississippi," Rasco said Monday.

"It's been a commitment of mine since I was 20-years-old that I would like to be the Sheriff of this county one day," said Baker.

Both candidates bring a wealth of experience.

"I've laid my 32 years out of law enforcement, assigned to ATF, DEA, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotic," Baker said. "I retired in Southaven after 25 years of being a commander up there."

"My background is in business," Rasco said. "Twelve years of being at the Sheriff's Office, so I feel I have just as much right to be here as anyone else with 25 to 30 years experience."

Sheriff Rasco says there's still a lot more he'd like to see accomplished in DeSoto County, including plans for a new jail.

"Some people feel like we don't need a new jail," he said. "Anytime the county is growing the way our county is growing in the last four or five years, when you bring more people into the county, you're going to have more crime."

But Baker isn't so sure about the new facility.

"We need to take a strong look at whether to build that jail or not or make some alternative plans that will save the taxpayers possibly millions of dollars," Baker said.

Baker believes fighting crime in DeSoto County will be key.

"One thing is proactive community-based policing, something we got to get back to where the officers are inside the subdivisions policing the subdivisions and finding out who is doing the crimes," he said.

"Ninety percent of the people who are in jail now are either using drugs, selling drugs, or stealing to get drugs, so we're going to continue to do that and make sure we keep our interdiction guys on the interstate to intercept any drugs or cash coming through our county," said Rasco.

The winner of Tuesday's primary will face three other candidates who are running as independents in the November 8th general election.

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