Former Felon Wants to be a Sheriff in Ocala and He Has a Chance

For the second time this election season, a candidate has been forced from the race over sexual misconduct. This time it is the frontrunner for the Marion County Sheriffs job, and the departure of the mainstream candidate has opened the door for a less conventional candidate.

In 1976, Bernie DeCastro got life for armed robbery. After finding God he was paroled in 1984. "I'm a carpenter", "We'll be able to find you something".

For the last 25 years, DeCastro has run a halfway house, working to keep other offenders from going back to prison.

Now he is running for the Sheriff of Marion County Florida. "We are going to work with the men in the county jail who have not been convicted who are there for low-level, non-violent mostly substance abuse crimes is which is primarily what we have here and begin to work with them using alternative sanctions instead of just leaving them to rot in a county jail for six months so".

As a former felon, DeCastro didn't have a snowball's chance against the established candidates. But then a strange thing happened.

Undersheriff Dan Kuhn was forced from the race when his mistress told of sex on duty. The loser in the GOP primary has been named to take his place, but his name isn't on the ballot.

"I'm a strong supporter of the Constitution. I carry it with me everywhere I go".
Leaving DeCastro with at least a shot at the job. "And what we do is to reduce recidivism by 15 percent, alright. We help people get jobs".

If he wins, DeCastro could be the first sheriff to have gone to jail before being elected; instead of the other way around.

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