ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux has announced he is throwing his hat in the ring for the Bristol County Sheriff's race, aiming to unseat sheriff Tom Hodgson, who has held his position for 24 years.
Both candidates spoke with WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe.
"If there's any new ideas that are going to be presented, I don't see that happening under the current sheriff," said Heroux. The Democratic mayor said Hodgson has not addressed issues such as a better emphasis on prisoner re-entry in housing, employment, healthcare, and drug treatment.
Republican Sheriff Hodgson said he has already implemented some of the programs that Heroux is calling for. Hodgson also criticized the mayor for meeting with a couple of groups outside state lines who had been lobbying for Heroux to run for the seat of sheriff.
"When I ran for this office, I told the people that I was going to serving, and obviously he's spent more time talking to people outside of Massachusetts than he has understanding what we're doing inside the prison," Hodgson said.
WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.