Primary will whittle down sheriff’s race
The Lyon County Primary Election on Tuesday, August 14 will trim the sheriff’s race in the county from four candidates to two.
Candidates include Lyon County Sheriff’s Department investigator Steven Louwagie, Sgt. Jim Marshall of the Marshall Police Department, Sgt. Eric Wallen of the Sheriff’s Department, and investigator Tony Rolling of the Sheriff’s Department are all candidates for the job being vacated by current Sheriff Mark Mather.
“I know if I take good care of the employees, they will take good care of me,” said Louwagie at a recent candidates event.
He added, “Having young children and being focused on our future, I see the importance of protecting and educating our children on the dangers that exist in today’s world, specifically drug abuse, mental health, and school safety. To begin to tackle these issues, I intend to provide our youth with more day-to-day access to local law enforcement through our schools.”
Candidate Wallen said, “We need someone with experience and education-which is why I am running. I’m the only candidate with administrative and managerial experience with the sheriff’s office and with an advanced degree in financial and administrative management.”
Candidate Jim Marshall added, “A main area of focus will be strategic planning, to meet security needs for education and institutions in Lyon County. Working for safe school environments is extremely important. This involves forming strong partnerships with schools and other police departments in the county. A main area of focus will be strategic planning, to meet security needs for education and institutions in Lyon County.”
Candidate Tony Rolling said, “I’d like to bring public awareness in the region, to some of the things that affect our communities.”
Some of the topics he said he’d like to bring more awareness to include domestic violence and sexual assault.
“While crimes like sexual trafficking and exploitation of children aren’t common in Lyon County, we do need to be more aware of them,” he said.