(Editor's Note: The following campaign announcement was sent to The News Eagle by Nancy Price, candidate for Pike County Sheriff in the May 21, 2013 Primary. She is challenging incumbent Sheriff Phil Bueki, on the Republican ballot.)

PIKE COUNTY - Nancy Price, wife of Milford Borough Council President, James Price, is running for the Office of Sheriff in Pike County. The couple have been married for 17 years and have been property owners and residents of Milford Borough since 1999.

Price’s campaign will emphasize the good news that the People hold the power through their elected Sheriff to override unconstitutional federal laws within the County.

Price says, "Freedom requires responsibility. We need to have a public discussion about how we will handle at a local level infringements to our rights by the federal government. We are all aware of recent attempts to curtail Second Amendment rights. Less publicized are parts of the Patriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which include infringements to Amendments One, Four, Five, Six, Eight and Ten." The primary duty and sworn responsibility of the Sheriff, who is part of the Executive Branch of government, is to uphold and defend the United States and Pennsylvania Constitutions.

The People elect the Sheriff, who reports directly to the People and is answerable to them and them alone. The Sheriff protects our inalienable God-given rights: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

The Sheriff is a Chief Executive Officer, whose main duty is to uphold and defend the US and Pennsylvania Constitutions by setting the policy, mission and vision of the Office. Outside of that, the Office of Sheriff is an administrative one, which entails managing and organizing to ensure that administrative and peace-keeping duties of the Office are properly completed.

Price has significant management experience having managed one of the largest civil actions ever filed at one of the top three product liability defense firms in the country. She managed 18,000 cases and 40 employees – attorneys, paralegals, file clerks and secretaries. She says, "As a non-lawyer, I very successfully managed attorneys and am confident that as Sheriff, I would repeat that success. I manage with the belief that people should have pride and joy in their work. A good leader surrounds herself with good competent people and manages from the bottom up by going to the people actually performing the work to establish best practice and procedure."

Law enforcement background is not required to qualify as a Pennsylvania Sheriff. Last year legislation was proposed to make it a requirement; but, this legislation has not yet moved out of committee. Price says, "If elected, as I relied on attorneys to know their expertise in the law firm in which I worked, I would rely on the deputies to know theirs. My main focus would be setting the policy, mission, and vision of the Office of Sheriff to maintain the peace in Pike County."

As do most Pike County residents, Price has a deep love of God, family and country. She holds two Bachelor’s degrees: one in government and English from Georgetown University and one in Great Books from Thomas Aquinas College. She sees that, "Our Founding Fathers were right when they warned that we would lose more freedom by gradual encroachments by those in authority than by sudden usurpations." She says, "In many ways we have all been asleep at the wheel. Our country is becoming one we can hardly recognize.

We have allowed many policies the Founding Fathers warned against: gun control, an excessive welfare state, a garrison surveillance state, over-entangling foreign alliances, a grandiose and omnipotent central government, ruinous taxation, and over-printing of paper money not backed by gold and silver standard. This last has caused rising inflation and diminishment of the savings of the middle class. Limited central government was the goal of the Founders because it is a mathematical certainty that the bigger the government, the smaller the individual’s freedom."

Price likes the strong language in Article 1, Section 21 of the Pennsylvania Constitution which says, ‘The right of citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.’ She says, "Together, let us see that that is upheld." In her campaign, Price wants to draw people’s attention to the Tenth Amendment, which has come to be called the Nullification Amendment. It says that powers not delegated to the federal government are reserved to the states or to the People.

Price says, "This is very good news: Having escaped from the tyranny of King George III, our Founding Fathers prepared for a scenario where the federal government might grow out of control. In addition to the Second Amendment, they gave us the Tenth Amendment to hold the federal government in check. There is a great misconception today that federal laws supersede state and local laws. That is an upside-down understanding. The power in the United States still rests with the People, the states and the local government." In 1994 Sheriff Mack sued the federal government over the Brady Bill, which required local law enforcement, in direct contradiction to the Second Amendment, to enact gun control. His victory at the US Supreme Court, outlined in the decision written by Justice Scalia, proved once and for all the Sheriff as the Chief Executive Officer of the County can nullify any unconstitutional federal law for the County under the 10th Amendment.

Our Congress, with the intention of stopping a terrorist threat, has over the last twelve years passed the Patriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). These laws purport to allow the federal government in what it deems a "terrorist investigation" to engage in several blatant violations of the US Constitution: to kick in any suspected terrorist’s door (even an American citizen’s), search without a warrant, remove whatever it wants, including the people, without reading them their rights or filing any formal charges and extradite them to a foreign country for indefinite detention. NDAA even authorizes the President of the United States to assassinate an American citizen suspected of terrorism! This is why Senator Rand Paul recently filibustered for 13 hours: to know whether American citizens according to a very vague standard applied by the president could be assassinated by drones.

Price says, "Of further concern is that there is no defined parameter to determine who is a suspected terrorist. This could be any one of us (probably me after I say these things publicly)." Ben Franklin said, "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." She encourages Pike County residents who ask: What can I do? "Inform yourself about current challenges and exercise your responsibilities as citizens. Re-read the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the Pennsylvania Constitution, the inspiring documents that set forth the moral and brilliant structural basis and guiding principles of this Republic and Commonwealth in which we are all so blessed to live. Join with me and our neighbors to resist in a defined way the growing overreaching tendencies of our federal government. The preservation of the rule of law is our privilege and our responsibility. It is the greatest thing we can hand on to future generations. Without it, we will lose our freedom piece by piece."

"The Sheriff is the last line of defense against an overreaching federal government. Serving Pike County as a Constitutional Sheriff I would put every federal agency on notice that before coming into Pike County, it would first need to check with the Sheriff. In addition, I would let the federal government know that I would not impede a federal investigation into a potential terrorist but federal agents would need a lawful warrant from a court of competent jurisdiction and would have to adhere to constitutional restrictions during their search. Any arrest would be made strictly following constitutional procedures and would be followed by a speedy trial. Innocence would be presumed until guilt was proven. No one in Pike County would be subject to abuse of his basic constitutional rights as an American citizen."

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