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Clark County

September 28, 2013

Brian Meyer first to file for Clark County sheriff’s race

Mac Spainhour says he’ll also run

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JEFFERSONVILLE — SPAINHOUR IS IN

Mac Spainhour said he is running for the office as well, but has not yet filed his statement of organization with voter registration. Spainhour has not yet decided if he will run in the Democratic Party or Republican Party primary.

Spainhour is a retired, 28-year conservation officer with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and a criminal justice instructor at Prosser Career Education Center.

“I’m running for sheriff for a couple reasons,” Spainhour said. “One, I’ve always wanted to be sheriff from years ago. Two, I think I can bring a lot of fiscal responsibility and integrity to the department, and I absolutely love serving the people of Clark County, as I did for 28 years.”

Spainhour noted that while he has not served as an officer in the sheriff’s department, the expertise he obtained during his career as a conservation officer gave him the same training that those in the department receive.

“The training to become a conservation officer is extremely rigorous, both physical and mental,” Spainhour said. “... The way to look at that is, I get trained to know all of the fish and wildlife stuff, but I also get trained in all the regular law-enforcement stuff that everyone else does at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. So where most guys go, they get just the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, well, we get experience on the other stuff because our area of expertise is fish and wildlife.”

Spainhour is running on a platform of fiscal responsibility and adherence to constitutionally guaranteed rights, including Second Amendment rights, Spainhour said.

“We’re going to be fiscally responsible, and we’re going to be professional,” Spainhour said.

Clark County Sheriff’s Department Detective Donnie Bowyer is also known to be running for sheriff and maintains a campaign Facebook page. Bowyer also has not filed his statement of organization with voter registration.

He did not respond to multiple messages left on his cell phone requesting comment for this story.

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