GOP drops sheriff’s candidate

A Republican Party candidate for Cameron County sheriff, John Chambers, was dropped from the runoff race after Party Chair Morgan Graham received a legal opinion from the Office of the Secretary of State declaring the candidate’s ineligibility.

Chambers said he disagrees with the opinion. Instead, he said it was a collaborative effort by several individuals to keep him out of office.

“It’s a way to circumvent the will of the people,” he said.

Chambers, the former Indian Lake Police Chief, was convicted on 14 counts of tampering with government records. According to prosecutors, Chambers created false entries in governmental records concerning firearm qualification for some of his deputies.

As a result, his peace officer license was revoked.

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