First candidate for Porter County sheriff throws his hat in the ring
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent May 14, 2013 9:56AM
Harol Steven Lush. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 16, 2013 6:16AM
The primary election for Porter County voters is a year away, but one candidate is already ahead of the game.
Harold Steven Lush, 68, of Chesterton, has announced his candidacy online as a Democratic contender for Porter County Sheriff. David Lain, a Democratic and the current sheriff, is in his second term and cannot run again under state statute, leaving the political field for his position wide open.
Lush sought the office in 2006 as a Republican and lost in the primary. He noted that he was the last to file that year.
“I thought it prudent to begin a campaign at the earliest date possible pursuant to federal and state of Indiana election laws,” he said via email. “A political science major will attest to my campaign of early and often!”
Lush was employed in plant security at Bethlehem Steel from 1973 to 1988, and said the mill was “akin to a small community” in terms of the law enforcement matters he faced.
Lush said he wants to serve as sheriff to improve fiscal responsibility; enforce zero tolerance toward criminal behavior; and to develop an outstanding law enforcement reputation to deter criminals.
He also wants to request that judges deal severely with offenders, and intensify the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program in grades kindergarten through 12.
Lush also pledges to forego some or all of his salary to bolster his department, and said illegal drugs and driving under the influence are the two most urgent issues facing the county’s next sheriff.
While he supports patrols with unmarked squad cars and the chaplain’s program within the department, Lush is concerned about what he said are approximately 6,000 outstanding criminal and civil warrants in the county, and the lack of resources provided by the department to the county’s drug task force.
While an assortment of other names of possible candidates is being tossed around, no one else has come forward publicly to say they are running for sheriff.