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May 6, 2014

Loop, Striegel win Floyd sheriff's primaries

NEW ALBANY — Frank Loop defeated Steve Bush in the Republican primary, and Brad Striegel won the Democratic runoff for Floyd County Sheriff over Jeff Topping Tuesday.

Loop received 1,997 votes, or 53.9 percent, while Bush garnered 1,702 ballots, or 46 percent.

In the Democratic primary, Striegel received 2,474 votes, or 66.2 percent, while Topping garnered 1,262 votes, or 33.7  percent.

“I believe my message of a strong vision for Floyd County,” said Striegel, a Floyd County Councilman, on what carried him to victory Tuesday. “I want this campaign to focus on the future of Floyd County and the role the sheriff can play in that future.”

Loop, who has been a member of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department for 32 years, credited his victory to hard work.

He said the community is familiar with him and his work ethic.

“I think they look for somebody that’s going to be there for the people, and I have been there,” Loop said of what he believes voters want in a candidate.

“I think they look for an honest person that’s not afraid to get out there and work hard, and I’ve proven that over the years.”

He credited Bush and his supporters for “the good, clean race they ran” as he added voters appreciate that kind of respect.

Now the attention turns to the November runoff between Loop and Striegel.

“I think the fall race is going to be all about experience and qualifications,” Loop said.

Striegel expects a “good, competitive race.”

“I want to share my vision and passion for being the next sheriff of Floyd County,” he said.


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U.S. Department of Justice Senior Litigation Counsel Brad Blackington, left, speaks about a grand jury indictment surrounding Clark County Sheriff Daniel Rodden and his alleged involvement with a prostitute during a press conference at the Lee H. Hamilton Federal Building in downtown New Albany on Tuesday afternoon.

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