News and Tribune

February 2, 2014

Campaign filings heating up in Floyd County

Striegel running for Floyd County sheriff; Orth seeks re-election as judge


NEW ALBANY — Veteran police officer, Floyd County Councilman, and small business owner Brad Striegel has officially filed his candidacy for Floyd County Sheriff, according to a news release.  

Striegel, a Democrat, stated that his extensive experience outside the uniform makes him uniquely qualified to be the next sheriff.  

“I believe the sheriff’s race should be about service not politics,” he said in the release. “The sheriff’s office isn’t only about police work, it’s about interacting with people in the community and building a safe future for us and our children. I want this campaign to be a discussion about the future of Floyd County and the role the sheriff should play as we grow and prosper. I have a record of putting politics to the side, doing what needs to be done, and having the conversations that need to be had.”

Floyd County Sheriff’s Dept. Maj. Jeff Topping has also filed to run for sheriff in the Democratic primary. Steve Bush and Frank Loop have filed on the Republican side.

Striegel said his family had influence his decision.

“My grandfather Raymond and my uncle Richard Striegel served Floyd County over the last several decades and it was these men along with my parents who taught me what it meant to serve; I want to show my children the same dedication.”

For more information on Striegel’s campaign visit his website at

Judge Orth seeks re-election

Susan Orth is seeking re-election as judge of Floyd County Superior Court No. 1, according to a news release. She recently made her candidacy official in Indianapolis.   

In 2004, Orth, a long-time prosecuting attorney, made history when the governor appointed her the first female judge in Floyd County. She won her first election to Floyd Superior 1 in 2008.   

“I strive to deliver justice with fairness and respect,”  Orth said in the release.

 She is also a 2013 graduate of the Indiana Judicial College program, a voluntary distinction that requires 120 hours of additional coursework and training.

Orth said that part of delivering justice is to ensure that the court’s office runs efficiently with accessible, courteous staff.

“The court exists to serve the public. Both my staff and I take this responsibility seriously,” she said. “We are always trying to improve service and make the administrative side of things easier for the public.”  

In addition to her daily role as judge, Orth is involved in several community and service activities, including chair of the Indiana Supreme Court Personnel Committee, the Floyd County Forensic Diversion Program, and as a committee member of the Supreme Court Judicial Law Clerk Program. She is also a member of the Rauch Advisory Board.

Orth’s husband of 26 years, Terry Becker, works as a software architect with Humana.  Their daughter, Brandy, attends Centre College.