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Two Democrats to fight for spot as Dubuque's new sheriff

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Voters in Tuesday's primary elections will decide who will become the next sheriff of Dubuque.

Current Sheriff Don Vrotsos is retiring at the end of the year.

Hoping to replace him are Greg Egan and Joe Kennedy, both currently with the department.

Egan is the chief deputy, and boasts nearly 30 years of experience with the department.

"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 in an interview this week with KWWL.

Egan says his position has allowed him to work closely with the sheriff, and means he'll be able to step in on day one, ready to take over.

Meanwhile, Kennedy boasts 15 years of service himself with the department.  He's currently a patrol deputy.

He says that his lack of experience in management shouldn't hinder him, noting that his father didn't have any before he was elected and served as sheriff for more than 20 years.

Kennedy says his priority would be to focus on more enforcement throughout 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 in an interview this week with KWWL.

Both men are running as Democrats.

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