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Hughes ends bid for sheriff

Hughes ends bid for sheriff

Tori Hughes has ended her campaign for Stanislaus County Sheriff.

POSTED January 9, 2014 6:24 p.m.


Patterson Police Chief Tori Hughes, who started her run for Stanislaus County Sheriff in June, announced Wednesday she was shutting down her campaign because of unforeseen health issues.

Hughes has been out on medical leave since Dec. 6. In a released statement, Hughes said she expects to make a full recovery from the health issues plaguing her, but those same issues have “affected her ability to currently campaign.”

“My current position as Police Chief for the City of Patterson will be my priority,” Hughes said. “When I return to work after medical leave, I will devote my efforts to my job and working within that framework to bring about as much change as possible. My campaign was a platform to openly discuss and debate topics important to the community. I will continue such efforts and advocacy for the citizens of Stanislaus County.”

When she announced her candidacy for sheriff, Hughes, 37, said she was spurred to run because of ongoing fission within the sheriff’s department. Hughes said she would focus on re-building morale at the department.

“The heartfelt and generous support has publically demonstrated a commitment to both the democratic process and law enforcement,” Hughes said. “For that, I am enormously grateful.”

The bid for sheriff is now down to two candidates with Hughes’ departure. Deputy Tom Letras announced his bid for the position in September 2012, and Sheriff Adam Christianson is seeking re-election. Interested parties have until March 7 to file their candidacy papers. The election is on June 3.

Hughes, a 15-year veteran of the department, has been the Chief of Police in Patterson for the last four years. As the chief, Hughes oversees the Patterson Police Services, which contracts with the sheriff’s department for law enforcement needs, and manages an annual estimated budget of $3.6 million. She also manages the department’s K9 Unit.

Hughes’ career with the sheriff’s department started in 1999 in Patrol. She served as a detective in the investigative unit, where her focus was on elder abuse and crimes against children. Hughes was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2005 and lieutenant in 2007 where she managed and directed sheriff patrols throughout the county.

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