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Sheriff candidate says he will help end drug war

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Rick Stewart says as sheriff he will help end the drug war. Rick Stewart says as sheriff he will help end the drug war.
Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner has served two terms and hopes for more. Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner has served two terms and hopes for more.
LINN COUNTY (KWWL) -

Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner has been in the department for 36 years, and sheriff for 8 of them.

Rick Stewart is running for Gardner's position with a strong belief as sheriff he can help end the drug war.

Stewart has released a series of shocking advertisements leading up to the election.

"I only know three groups of people who support drug war criminals, first the uneducated, second those with IQs below 99, third mature white women like my mother who harbor paranoid fantasies of being raped by a Vero young black man popped up on marijuana," says one of the ads.

Stewart explains the advertising to KWWL.

"To shock people to realize what the drug war? Oh. Because the truth of it is once people think about it nobody supports the drug war, nobody's a fool," he told us.

We also sat down with Sheriff Brian Gardner today, ahead of the election.

"I will continue to do this job number 1 as long as the public allows me to, and number 2 as long as it continues to be something that is enjoyable to do and I have to tell you everyday I wake up and I enjoy coming to work," Gardner told us.

Stewart says as sheriff he will help end the drug war, although he recognizes sheriffs don't make laws.

"You can't pass laws, you can speak the truth," he says.

"Ending the drug war just means that they are no longer illegal it doesn't mean you have legalized them, there is a huge difference okay it just means we aren't going to throw people in jail," Stewart adds.

Gardner says he realizes drugs are a problem but he has a different approach.

"What I would like to see is more treatment programs quite honestly," he told us.

Gardner went on to say he believes those selling the drugs should be locked up.

Stewart tells us if he wins the election and becomes the Linn County Sheriff he would want to keep Gardner with the department in a management position.

Gardner says he planned to be sheriff early on in his career and takes the job very seriously.

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