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Black Hawk County Sheriff running for re-election

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson has announced that he will run for re-election.

Thompson, who was elected in 2008, says he has reviewed the successes and challenges of his first three full years in office and believes that he has just scratched the surface of what potential lies within his agency.

"I have experienced many successes in this first term, and I have also had to lead through some very difficult times. It has seasoned me, and sensitized me further to the importance of dedicated service to our public, and focused commitment to the staff of this organization. Serving as sheriff has been an absolute honor, and I consider myself privileged to be able to represent such an outstanding agency and county," Thompson said in a written statement.

Thompson lists his successes as the 21% reduction in the crime statistics for 2011, increasing revenue generation by nearly $500,000 over his first three years and implementing the inmate work crew which logs nearly 25,000 hours of community service to Black Hawk County.

Thompson says he will continue to find ways to connect personally with the citizens of the county if re-elected.

The public is invited to a campaign kick-off on Thursday, March 1st, at Jameson's Public House at 310 East 4th Street in Waterloo from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For more information on Thompson's campaign, visit www.thompsonforsheriff.net.

Black Hawk County deputy Bill Herkelman announced earlier this month that he will challenge Thompson in the upcoming election.  For more on Herkelman's announcement, visit http://www.kwwl.com/story/16688821/black-hawk-county-deputy-will-challenge-sheriff-thompson-in-upcoming-election

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