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Dubuque County sheriff candidates tout experience

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DUBUQUE COUNTY (KWWL) -

As part of Tuesday's primary election, Dubuque voters will cast their ballots for their next county sheriff. There are two candidates running for the top spot.

The current sheriff, Don Vrotsos is not seeking another term and will be retiring.

Both candidates are Democrats with years of experience in law enforcement, within the department.

One of them is Greg Egan. "I think I have a unique blend of knowledge, and skills and ability that I don't think you'll find in any other candidate. That's why I would say, would hope people would vote for me June 7th," Egan said.

The other candidate is Joe Kennedy. "Leaders inspire by the way that they do things and by the the way that they act, and that's the type of person I've been my whole career," Kennedy said.

As chief deputy of the department, Egan serves as the second man in charge. "I've worked very closely with Sheriff Vrotsos over the years, working on our budget, annually...right now we're just under 11 million dollar budget, so I've worked closely with the sheriff on developing that budget."

While Kennedy hopes to follow in his father's footsteps, who at one point was the Dubuque sheriff for more than 20 years.

Both men have different ideas about how the sheriff's department should be run. If elected, Egan he says he will focus on upgrading the department with new technology. "I think the department as a whole runs very efficiently, it runs very well, we got an excellent staff," he said.

Kennedy says he will focus on more enforcement around the community. "We know there are interstate drug traffickers going through our county, most likely on a daily basis and we're not doing enough to motivate our officers to go out and stop this before it gets into our community," he said.

However, they both agree if the budget allowed, they'd add more deputies.
 

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