Clallam sheriff race turns volatile

The race for Clallam County sheriff is growing volatile a week and a half before mail-in ballots go out for the Nov. 5 election.

A committee calling itself Law Enforcement for True Justice appears to be waging a campaign to persuade voters against casting ballots for incumbent Sheriff Joe Hawe’s challenger, Soeren Poulsen, claiming personal and professional misconduct.

Poulsen says the committee is trying to win the election for Hawe with an anonymous smear campaign of innuendo and false impressions that tries to call Poulsen’s integrity into question.

When asked if he approved of what the committee was doing, Hawe said: “I don’t approve or disapprove. I’m staying away from it.

“I don’t control what my staff does on their own time.”

Hawe said he had not seen the material compiled by the committee.

“I’ve heard stories, but I have no comment,” he said.

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