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April 17, 2014

Candidates meet in Alexandria

Residents get a chance to hear issues

ALEXANDRIA, Ind. — Several Madison County candidates running for a variety of offices met at Alexandria-Monroe High School Wednesday night to introduce themselves to voters and talk about some issues.

It was an opportunity, Alexandria residents said, to get to know the candidates a little better and hear how they planned to run their office.

Darcy VanErman, who lives in Alexandria, said this primary on May 6 is very important and she wanted to hear all she could about the candidates, especially for Madison County sheriff.

The races for the sheriff’s office will be two of the most contested with several candidates from both parties running in the primary. Brian Bell and Scott Mellinger, both seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the fall ballot, were joined by Tony Boze and Bruce Dunham, running for the Republican spot, at the event.

“At this forum I needed to hear what the sheriff’s candidates had to say,” VanErman said. “Because we do have so many and when you have that many it’s hard to leaf through it sometimes.”

Bell, who is currently a major with the sheriff’s department, said he has learned from working with current Sheriff Ron Richardson and will continue to make local involvement a key for his department if elected. He also mentioned a desire to continue to attack the drug scourge that is present in Madison County.

Boze, who has spent time with the FBI as a terrorist investigator, said he too wants to be out in the community as much as possible if elected. He said he wants people to see him and be able to come up to him and talk about whatever is on their mind. He also wants to create an “office of professional responsibility,” where citizens can call about complaints or concerns they may have with the office.

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