By MATT THACKER
CLARK COUNTY —
Danny Rodden was re-elected for a second term as Clark County sheriff Tuesday with 18,728 votes, or 69.5 percent, beating independent John Starks, who received 8,206 votes, or 30.5 percent.
Rodden, 56, a Democrat, said he felt confident going into Election Day but never overlooks any opponent and worked hard to reach out to the citizens of Clark County. He praised Sparks, the security supervisor at Horseshoe Casino, for how many votes he received without the backing of a political party.
“It’s just a tough nut to crack for an independent,” he said.
However, Rodden said he was glad to have received the support of many Republicans who told him they approved of the job he has done since he was first elected sheriff in 2007.
“I’m glad to have the support of the citizens. As sheriff, you really have to be the guy for everybody,” Rodden said. “I never tried to run it as a political office.”
Rodden said he looks forward to four years of continuing to work for the people of Clark County.
“I feel like we’ve done a good job, and I feel honored and privileged to serve the people of Clark County,” Rodden said. “Hopefully, we’ll have a good four years.”
He said after his first primary and general election, he was able to reach out to his opponents and those who supported them, and he said he plans to do so again this year.
Rodden served on the Clark County Council from 1996 to 2004 and was a long time Jeffersonville Police Department officer before being elected sheriff.
As sheriff, Rodden said he brought the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program to Clark County, oversaw the upgrade in radios and expanded the inmate work program.
Starks, 59, who lost Democratic primary for sheriff in 1986 and ran for Jeffersonville City Council in 1995, said he ran this time as an independent so he would have to answer to any political party when making decisions as sheriff. As a retired police officer, Starks said he would have brought more leadership to the sheriff’s department.
He could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.