Cincinnati’s Hamilton County may be about to elect their first openly gay sheriff — a former deputy who was fired by the current sheriff.
Charmaine McGuffey has the kind of storied career in law enforcement you’d hope for in a candidate. She also has the honor of having been fired for being a lesbian, and one who tried to get Hamilton’s current sheriff to act on systemic misconduct against women.
“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.
Charmaine McGuffey has already won the Democratic nomination for county sheriff, crushing her old boss with 70% of the primary vote. It didn’t help her opponent’s chances to lose the endorsement of his own party for his attitudes on racial disparities, not to mention moves like appearing in uniform on stage with then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016.