News and Tribune

August 27, 2013

Councilman announces candidacy for Floyd County Sheriff

Striegel is fourth candidate and second Democrat to declare

By CHRIS MORRIS
chris.morris@newsandtribune.com

FLOYD COUNTY — The 2014 race for Floyd County Sheriff just got a little more crowded.

Democratic Floyd County Councilman Brad Striegel officially threw his hat in the ring last Friday. He is the fourth candidate, and second Democrat, to announce his candidacy. Maj. Jeff Topping, with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department, announced his candidacy earlier in the month to seek the Democratic nod. On the Republican side, Steve Bush and Frank Loop have already announced plans to run for sheriff. Sheriff Darrell Mills is in his second term and by law is not allowed to seek a third term.

Striegel is in his second term on the Floyd County Council. He is also a Floyd County police officer and small business owner.

According to the news release announcing his candidacy, Striegel said he comes from a long line of public servants. His grandfather, Raymond Striegel was a police officer and also ran for sheriff in 1962, and his uncle, Richard Striegel, served as Superior Court Judge for 25 years.

“It was the dedication of these men that inspired me to serve and do my part to keep this community safe and help it grow,” Striegel said in a statement. “I was born here, raised here, went to school here, got married here, and my wife and I are raising our two beautiful children here. Nothing is more important to me than Floyd County and the people who call it home; the people I call friends and neighbors. I am committed to doing my part in continuing to serve this great community.”  

Striegel also talked about his vision for the community if he is elected sheriff.

“Combating property crimes, which are largely driven by substance abuse, is a priority,” he said. “I plan on re-instating the Floyd County Sheriff Summer Youth Camp. As director, I saw how this camp provided a positive interaction between law-enforcement and local youth.

“I want this campaign to be a discussion about the future of Floyd County and the future 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.”

Striegel is a graduate of Christian Academy and majored in political science at Indiana University Southeast.

“There is more to being sheriff than police work. I believe I have developed the tools and experience needed to be a successful sheriff,” he said in the release. “I know what the citizens of Floyd County are going through. Being a small business owner, and a county councilman, these positions have allowed me to experience life outside the uniform. I want to take what I have learned and what I will continue to learn and do what I can to improve the quality of life for the people of this county.”

In the release Mills said Striegel is “a hard working member of this sheriff’s department, and his experience and leadership ability have contributed to the welfare of our community.”  

For more information on Striegel’s campaign, visit http://bradstriegel.com/ or his Facebook page at Brad Striegel for Floyd County Sheriff.