Some random thoughts. Both are good men and good cops. I worked under Jim Fryhoff for a while. Jim is a cool guy. Bill Ayub was a good cop and is a shooter; we got striker fired Sigs, slide mounted optics, and suppressors on ARs under him. Fryhoff is also very, very pro-2A. He'd be a shall-issue type of guy. I see a lot in Fryhoff that we saw with Geoff Dean.
Ayub is milquetoast. He's not a leader, he's just in charge. There were a few trivial things he got tight about; I want to say now it was facial hair or something. Maybe neck ties on detectives? Anyhow, not much of a dynamic vibe from the guy. Just another top bureaucrat to run the department. Sorta like Brooks but Ayub still remembers he's a cop.
I think his pick of Monica McGrath for undersheriff was a power move to get a diversity hire. I'm not going into detail on McGrath, but she was going into retirement and I have this feeling part of his decision was to cater to California leftists. Seeing the two of them not kneeling, but bowing their heads to the leftist BLM solidarity protest in 2020 was disgusting. It made a lot of department people upset to see that.
It's difficult for me to dislike Ayub. I think he was better off as a guy with one or two stars on his collar than four. He made some comments that were offensive to deputies and the public a while back reference closing gun stores in 2020 and I think he handled it poorly. His stance on Ojail is a pretty good one and I respect that. Fryhoff is naturally more charismatic. I'm curious though if he's saying certain things to get elected that he doesn't necessarily believe in. A few things here and there have made me wonder.
All in all, I have to say Fryhoff for Ventura County Sheriff. If I'm wrong, it's not like the world is gonna end. Everybody who has a shot at sheriff is capable of keeping the county safe.
Note: this an adaptation from my non-fiction book Suburban Warfare: A cop's guide to surviving a civil war, SHTF, or modern urban combat, available on Amazon.