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For 25 years, Democratic candidates have tried unsuccessfully to unseat Republican Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson. But with the local sheriff’s detention practices increasingly garnering negative attention, three Democratic sheriff hopefuls are hoping this is the year one of them will finally be successful.

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Jack Spillane sat down with the candidates — Fall River attorney Nick Bernier, Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux and former Somerset Police Chief George McNeil — for a special 90-minute Zoom session of The Chat.

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The four had an up close and personal discussion about the issues facing the county correctional facilities, and why each man thinks they should win the Democrats’ nomination to go up against Hodgson in the November final election.