Republican Jeff Siegel wins Elkhart County Sheriff primary race
All three Republican candidates for sheriff have extensive law enforcement experience. Combined they have spent more than 90 years in law enforcement.
They are also all veterans of the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department.
The candidates are Investigator Fred Mock, Captain John Perry and Captain Jeff Siegel.
Seigel received 9,491 votes (58%), Mock received 4,867 votes (30%) and Perry received 2,009 votes (12%).
ABC 57 spoke with Siegel moments after he voted.
"I'm very, very proud of the campaign we have run but I'm also very impressed with the guys who have been running against me. Their campaigns were very clean and I think we were a great example to all other politicians out there on how you can actually do this without getting ugly and personal and slinging mud," Siegel said.
ABC 57 also spoke with Mock and Perry earlier in the day when they voted.
"I feel like we've worked very hard for a great group of people that work with us, for us and I appreciate everything we've done. Knocked on a lot of doors, talked to a lot of people and got to listen to a lot of ideas people had," Mock said.
“The culmination of 16 months of work and I’m happy that we’ve reached this point," Perry said.
After the announcement of Siegel's new title of Elkhart County Sheriff, ABC 57 caught up to see how he was feeling.
"Pretty unreal right now. Its been a long campaign, 13 months of hard work since we announced and here we are celebrating victory tonight!" Siegel said.
In the midst of Siegels celebration, he spoke about the other candidates.
"I've been friends with John and Fred for a long long time. We've had amazing careers together. For this policemen to get into politics, I was a little bit nervous…but those guys, well all three of us ran such a good clean campaign, that our campaign is being talked about all over northern Indiana."