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Lake County sheriff candidates to debate Tuesday

Richard Ligon

Richard Ligon

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Updated: May 2, 2014 6:34AM



Though the ground may be too frozen for election signs, the May 6 primary is only five weeks away.

Election season is underway, and the five candidates for Lake County Sheriff will debate public safety issues Tuesday night at Purdue University Calumet.

League of Women Voters Calumet Area co-president Mary Jo Gorman said the five candidates have committed to the event. In the Democratic primary, incumbent John Buncich will be challenged by Richard Ligon and Oscar Martinez Jr., while John Ramos Jr. and Dan Bursac are seeking the Republican nomination.

The event will start at 6:30 p.m. in Room 107 of the Gyte Science Building at PUC.

Audience members will be able submit written questions, which will be screened for duplication and personal attacks. WBEZ reporter Michael Puente will moderate the event.

Buncich is seeking his fourth term as sheriff. He served from 1994-2002 and was elected again in 2010. Ligon is a retired colonel from the Army and was public safety director for the city of Gary. Martinez has worked for 20 years at the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.

Bursac is a detective at the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, where he has worked since 1990. Ramos has served for 24 years with the East Chicago Police Department.



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