Buncich tops field for Dem Lake sheriff nomination
By Christin Nance Lazerus email@example.com May 6, 2014 9:30PM
Updated: June 8, 2014 6:07AM
HOBART — Lake County Sheriff John Buncich will get a chance for re-election and his fourth term overall in November. Which Republican he will face off against in the fall is yet to be determined.
Buncich greeted a large crowd of supporters with hugs, high fives and thumbs up Tuesday night at Avalon Manor. Big issues are on the plate of whomever prevails, including satisfying a federal mandate to improve conditions at the Lake County Jail, and combating a drug and gang problem that has wracked cities with violence.
“This has been one of the tougher campaigns I’ve been involved with,” Buncich said. “Too many people are suffering and I want to use this office to do what’s right for them.”
Among Republicans, Lake County Sheriff’s Officer Dan Bursac was leading with 65 percent of the vote — with 40 percent of precincts reporting — over East Chicago Police Officer John Ramos Jr.
With about 80 percent of precincts reporting, Buncich captured the Democratic nomination for Lake County Sheriff with 46 percent of the vote. Retired Army Col. Richard Ligon had 36 percent of the vote and Lake County Sheriff’s Officer Oscar Martinez had 16 percent of the vote.
In 2010, Buncich beat Ligon by less than 1,000 votes, with Martinez coming in third.
Buncich previously served from 1994-2002, but was term limited.