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Ohio woman defeats sheriff who ‘sacked her for being gay’ in primary

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An Ohio cop got her revenge on her former boss, who she says sacked her for being gay, after she defeated the sheriff in the 2020 race for his own office.   

Charmaine McGuffey, 62, defeated Trump-supporting Democrat Jim Neil, 61, winning approximately 70 percent of the vote in Ohio’s primary election day Tuesday. She hopes to become the county’s first female and first out LGBTQ person to be elected sheriff.

The pair have a difficult history and are still in the middle of a federal lawsuit after McGuffey claimed Neil fired her in 2017 for being an openly gay woman and for voicing concerns about excessive force being used by officers. She had worked in the sheriff’s office for 33 years and been promoted to major. 

Neil said the reason for the firing was that McGuffey created a hostile work environment despite her being named Public Citizen of the Year by the Ohio House of Representatives just a year before. 

Charmain McGuffey had served for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office for 33 years before she was fired in 2017. She claimed the dismissal was because of concerns she raised about excessive force being used by officers – http://www.houzz.com/?search=officers. She beat the sheriff who fired her in Tuesday’s primary

Incumbent sheriff Jim Neil faced a demoralizing defeat in the primary for Hamilton County sheriff in Ohio. He had been criticized for appearing with Donald Trump at a town hall. He can be seen here in the crowd at the town hall in his sheriff’s uniform, standing right of another cop

‘The current sheriff and I got into a pretty serious disagreement about the practice of him not holding officers accountable for use of force and harassment of women, female officers, and female inmates,’ McGuffey told LGBTQ Nation.

‘He fired me. So, after about a year or so of contemplating, I decided I can do a better job than him.’

McGuffey beat the incumbent Neil with 69.67 percent of the vote after appealing to more progressive wing of the Democratic Party in the county.

Back in 2012, Neil had become the first Democrat elected sheriff in the county in over 35 years and was re-elected in 2016, even after he was criticized by other Democrats for his decision to attend a Donald Trump town hall in Cincinnati while in his sheriff’s uniform.

He lost the Hamilton County party’s endorsement earlier this year, however, after party leadership read him the riot act, according to Cincinatti.com.





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The sheriff was said to have been questioned by leadership in an interview January about disparities in how white people and black people are treated in the criminal justice system.

He repeatedly responded that he ‘is color blind’.

‘Quite frankly, my opponent has pretended to be a Democrat for many years now, when he’s actually much more aligned with the Tea Party Republicans. He tells people what they want to hear and then doesn’t follow through,’ McGuffey added when speaking to LGBT Nation.

‘[My election] would mean that our country is moving forward,’ she said at before the vote, “số tổng đài facebook” – https://www.atongdai.com/tong-dai-facebook/ ‘that we really have moved away from the 1950s model of law enforcement, where not just women are embraced in the law enforcement world, but also LGBTQ members of the community can wear a uniform and be quite successful.’

Charmaine McGuffey chats with supporters during a Zoom conference call Tuesday night as she awaited results. She defeated her former boss Jim Neil who fired her in 2017 in the primary

Incumbent sheriff Jim Neil faced a demoralizing defeat in the primary for Hamilton County sheriff in Ohio. He had been criticized for appearing with  Donald Trump at a town hall

McGuffey had spent 33 years working in the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office before she was fired.

She had already added some firsts to her list of achievement, becoming the highest-ranking woman in the HCSO’s history when she was promoted to Major in Command of jail and court services.

‘So grateful for the overwhelming support in tonight’s Democratic primary,’ McGuffey said in a Facebook post after her win.

‘Thank you to my team, supporters, and all who voted for criminal justice reform. I look forward to serving as your Sheriff in Hamilton County. On to November!’

Not only was the race a direct run-in between progressive and conservative sections of the Democratic Party, McGuffey’s decision to run against Neil was also deeply personal.

Charmaine McGuffey holds a sign while campaigning for Hamilton County Sheriff outside the Hamilton County Board of Elections on Tuesday. She won the election by almost 70 percent

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