Race for Cumberland County Sheriff unusually harsh

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- In the race for Cumberland County Sheriff, things have gotten unusually negative.

Supporters of former state trooper Michael Edes have done radio ads and campaign flyers attacking current Sheriff Kevin Joyce and events that have happened at the jail under his watch, and both have gotten digs in at each other on Facebook.

A political action committee called Citizens for a Safe Cumberland County has released radio ads attacking the way Joyce runs the jail; bringing up times where inmates have snuck from one locked cell block to the opposite sex's to get intimate.

Sheriff Joyce held a news conference Monday in response to the negative ads. He says it's one thing to attack him, but another to include his employees.

Edes claims to have no connection with the PAC that has spent $100-thousand dollars in ads in support of him, but admits two of his good friends are behind it. Joyce says it's not possible for Edes to be good friends with the PAC leaders and not know what they were planning. He intends to file a complaint with the ethics committee to uncover that connection.

On May 29th Edes posted to Facebook a call to stop the negative ads. Both he and Joyce agree this race has gotten too heated.

Edes says the press conference was just a political ploy for Joyce. On Wednesday Cumberland County corrections officers will vote whether to support one of the two or stay out of the race.


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