RIVERSIDE COUNTY — There is a new episode in the ongoing battle of dueling campaign ads between Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff and his challenger Lt. Chad Bianco who has enlisted the help of law enforcement officials.

Bianco released a new television ad on Wednesday, Oct. 3. You can watch it here:

Titled “Qualified”, the ad specifically draws contrast with Sheriff Sniff’s negative attack ad on Lt. Chad Bianco by directly talking with actual men and women of law enforcement who patrol the streets. Encouraging voters to not “believe the negative attacks,” the ad goes on to list the qualifications of Lt. Chad Bianco for Sheriff.

“I’m proud to have the support of the men and women who patrol the streets every day. They are members of our community and they know what it takes to keep our community safe,” Bianco said in a prepared statement. “These men and women risk facing retribution from the Sheriff for supporting me but they know that change is needed and that’s why they felt the need to make their voices heard.”

Bianco has received an outpouring of support since his first-place win in the Primary Election in June. You can view a full list of his endorsements on his website here.

One of his biggest supporters has been the Riverside Sheriffs Association. The Sheriff’s Department’s largest union has contributed more than $850,000 to Bianco’s candidacy, according to financial disclosure documents.

As Riverside County’s top law enforcement official, the sheriff manages a $700 million budget, oversees the county’s jails, supervises patrol in the county’s unincorporated areas and issues concealed-carry permits.

Both Sniff and Bianco are Republicans and each is vying for a chance to become Riverside County’s chief law enforcement official. The winner will administer a $700 million budget, superintend the county’s jails, govern law enforcement patrol in the county’s unincorporated areas and issue concealed-carry permits.

Bianco is a 25-year veteran of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department working at almost every level within the law enforcement department. The General Election with be held on Nov. 6, 2018.