(Excerpts from the Sun-Sentinel article of August 30, 2016)
Broward Sheriff Scott Israel trounced his three Democratic challengers Tuesday, a victory he said was a validation of the direction he's taken the agency.
Israel's socially liberal programs resounded in the heavily Democratic county. He supported and began rolling out police body cameras, mandated civil citations instead of arrests for juveniles with relatively clean records, and publicly supported a new county law allowing people with small amounts of marijuana to be issued a civil citation instead of being handled criminally with an arrest. He publicly embraced stricter gun control laws. He teamed up with religious groups to give food to poor people...
"I'm a very community oriented sheriff," he said recently. "No one has been as visible as me."
Israel also has tapped directly into diverse groups, appearing in black churches to tout his programs to keep kids out of jail, advertising that he's the "first Jewish sheriff" in campaign pieces, and hiring a top Muslim activist in Broward.
As Israel prepared to celebrate...he said Tuesday night that he was "happy for the team I've built ... There are individual sports like swimming, and there are team sports. This is a team victory and I feel so amazingly proud of my team."
Israel faces Republican Santiago Vazquez Jr., a former Broward Sheriff's Office sergeant, on the ballot in November.