To the editor,

When applying for a job, one of the most important qualifications is experience.  It’s very difficult to convince a potential employer of your capabilities without proof of experience.  Don Smith has 16 years of experience as your sheriff.  He has proven his worth time and again as he provided leadership to his excellent team of officers to make Putnam County the safest county in the State of New York.

As his daughter-in-law, I can attest to his dedication to the people of Putnam County. He never hesitates to answer his work phone, even when visiting with us. I can also attest to how well he has led our family through difficult times, most notably when my dear mother-in-law was battling cancer.  I always find Don to be a sound voice of reason and integrity when I need advice.

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Citizens of Putnam County, I urge you:  Don’t listen to negative campaign rhetoric fabricated to make you doubt your choice of candidate for these last 16 years! Sheriff Don Smith is the best man for the job.  Your safety and the safety of your families will continue to be in great hands, just as our family has been in great hands all these years.

Mary Smith, MD

Annandale, Va.