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Former Porter County sheriff wins Democratic nomination

David Reynolds

David Reynolds

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Updated: June 8, 2014 6:08AM



VALPARAISO — Former two-term Porter County sheriff David Reynolds handily beat political newcomer Harold Lush for the Democratic nomination in Tuesday’s primary election.

With all 123 precincts reporting, Reynolds garnered 4,044 votes to 593 votes for Lush, according to unofficial vote totals.

The race was the only contested one countywide on the Democratic ballot. Reynolds will face Republican Michael Brickner, Valparaiso’s police chief, in the November general election. Brickner was unopposed Tuesday.

“I’m not discounting what happened (Tuesday). We just hit a good single, but we know we’ve got to get home,” Reynolds said, adding that he’s looking forward to the general election, which he knows will be a challenge.

Sheriff David Lain, a Democrat, has served two consecutive terms and cannot seek re-election under Indiana law.

Reynolds, 63, of Portage, served as county sheriff from 1999 to 2006, during which time he oversaw the design and construction of the Porter County Jail, which relocated from downtown Valparaiso to along Indiana 49 almost 12 years ago.

Reynold’s primary campaign focused on illegal drugs, which he said is the biggest issue facing the next sheriff. He called for additional support from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration office in Merrillville and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force to tackle the problem.

Lush, 69, of Chesterton, was employed in plant security at the former Bethlehem Steel from 1973 to 1988 and also ran for sheriff four years ago.



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