Lyon County sheriff candidate “being neutral” on Confederate flag

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Photo posted on Facebook by Lyon County sheriff candidate Frank Hunewill, right.

A candidate for sheriff in Lyon County is surprised to be attracting attention for posting a picture of himself on Facebook with a man whose face is painted to look like the Confederate flag.

“I didn’t realize it was going to turn out to be that big a deal,” Lyon County Sheriff’s Commander Frank Hunewill told the Mason Valley News, a community paper affiliated with the Reno Gazette Journal. The man Hunewill was photographed with is “just an average American citizen. There’s no racial stuff or anything involved as far as he’s concerned. He’s just a good old southern boy.”

Hunewill had evidently removed the photo after it was taken over the Fourth of July. But he reposted it on Facebook last week.

“Recently I was criticized by someone for this picture being posted and then removed,” Hunewill wrote July 30.

“I was fortunate to meet this gentleman in Fernley during the 4th of July,” the candidate for sheriff continued. “Just like so many other people we encounter on a daily basis he had a story. To be a good peace officer you need to be willing to take time out of your day to listen to people’s stories and not prejudge them based on your first impression. It goes back to being neutral and treating people with respect.”

Hunewill’s Facebook post had 105 likes.

Hunewill is challenging incumbent Lyon County Sheriff Al McNeil. “These types of images are unacceptable from any employee of the Sheriff’s Office,” McNeil told the Mason Valley News.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing and reporting about Nevada policy and politics since 1997. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and editor at the Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune.


  1. MY “progressive” commentary:
    It’s time for “political correctness” to END.
    I’ve just decided to vote for Frank Hunewill. MAGA.


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