One thing I really appreciate about Jason Trundy is his commitment to community partnerships. During his 14 years in the Sheriff’s Department, he played a role in building programs with several nonprofit organizations, faith-based communities, and substance use and mental health treatment providers.

These partnerships have led to a number of initiatives that better serve our community, including the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center, the Waldo County Recovery Committee, the Community Liaison Program, the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program, Recovery Coach Program, and the Restorative Justice Project’s Conflict Resolution Team. Clearly, Jason believes that working together as a community, we can make Waldo County a safer and healthier place for all of us to live.

To this same end, Jason has been working since the summer of 2020 with a local anti-racism group I am part of, in order to learn more about the history and intersections between policing practices and the experiences of people of color. As a result, the Sheriff’s Office has partnered with a Maine anti-racism trainer named Dustin Ward to develop and conduct training on anti-racism awareness and practices for all of its officers. This will help them better understand how to conduct community policing in a way that supports local people of color to feel safe and respected by police. This is very important to me because my sons, who were born here, are both biracial.

I look forward to seeing Jason’s continuing contributions to our area. I am very happy Jason is pursuing the office of Waldo County Sheriff in 2022 and I will definitely vote for him in November.

Louisa Carl