Worthington Dems to host sheriff candidate Caitlin Sepeda on Sunday 

  • Caitlin Sepeda of South Hadley is a candidate for Hampshire County Sheriff. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 6/10/2022 7:00:04 PM
Modified: 6/10/2022 6:57:57 PM

WORTHINGTON — The Democratic Town Committee’s Sundays with the Candidates series will be hosting the three candidates for Hampshire County Sheriff this month, starting with Caitlin Sepeda of South Hadley.

“I’m very excited about addressing the Hilltowns,” said Sepeda.

Sepeda, 41, a certified nurse who works at the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office, will be speaking at the series this Sunday starting at 2 p.m. The event is open to all residents of western Massachusetts and is being held over Zoom. Those interested in the link should email Worthingtondem@gmail.com with their name and town.

Candidate Yvonne Gittleson will speak at Sundays with the Candidates on June 19 starting at 2 p.m., while incumbent Hamsphire County Sheriff Patrick Cahillane will be speaking on June 26 at 2 p.m.

Sepeda said that too frequently small towns are forgotten in races like the one for sheriff, and that it’s important to hear the viewpoints of everyone.

“They all have individuals who have spent time in the jail in Northampton,” she said.

Sepeda is a former 9½- year employee of the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office, and she said that the office is in need of reform.

“I think it’s time that there’s a change at the Hampshire County Sheriff’s office,” she said. “I think it’s time for a fresh and energetic new perspective”

Sepeda said that she’s coming at the position from a correctional health perspective, and she said that she’s the only candidate working day to day and face to face with the incarcerated population. Additionally, she said the policies and procedures of the jail need to be modernized, and criticized it for still creating records with typewriters.

“This can’t continue. It’s 2022,” she said.

Sepeda said the administration of the jail should be streamlined and redundancies should be removed. She also said that while the cognitive behavioral therapy offered at the jail is a good thing, she wants to see more vocational and technical training to help those incarcerated become successful workers in Hampshire County upon their release.

Sepeda said she also would like to see a breathalyzer at the jail, which would allow small departments to administer tests there as opposed to having to go to another facility before the jail.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.
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