Former commissioner wants to be Jefferson County Sheriff
by Dennis Sharkey
A familiar face to Jefferson County voters is once again asking for votes.
Former Jefferson County Second District Commissioner David Christie, rural Meriden, announced on Saturday that he is a candidate for Jefferson County Sheriff.
Christie made the announcement at the annual Eggs N’ Issues legislative breakfast at the Perry American Legion in front of a group of Republicans.
Sheriff was not the first office Christie had in mind when the year began. He explored a campaign to once again serve as county commissioner but changed his mind after speaking with some locals.
“I have a lot of people encourage me to run for sheriff because of issues in the sheriff’s office.” Christie said.
Christie held up a sheet of paper that he called a resolution. He told the Independent that the resolution is in draft form and will be released to the public in a few weeks.
The resolution was written based on the issues that were brought to his attention. Christie told the audience that he should be considered a serious candidate based on his record.
“When I campaigned for county commissioner I told everybody that I would do exactly as I said I would do. And I did that,” Christie said. “I did everything I said I was going to do and a lot more.”
Christie touted his more than 30 years of law enforcement experience. He retired from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation in 2001 and has also worked for the federal government.
“I can’t begin to tell you all the training I have,” he said.
He will spend the next couple of months spreading his message. He said he also has a handful of supporters helping him.
Christie last held office in 2009. He was defeated in the 2008 primary by former Sheriff Roy Dunnaway. Christie is a Republican.
Sheriff Jeff Herrig, Valley Falls, has already announced he will seek re-election. He is a Republican.
Others also announced their candidacy for offices. County Commission Chairman Richard Malm, rural Valley Falls, said he would be seeking re-election and will be submitting a petition. Malm is a Republican. County Prosecutor Jason Belveal, Valley Falls, said he would be seeking re-election. He is a Republican.
Republican Central Committee Chairman Travis Oliver announced that Delia Heston, Oskaloosa, has filed for re-election as the county register of deeds. She is a Republican.
Incumbent County Clerk Linda Buttron, Nortonville, has filed for re-election. She is a Republican.
Incumbent Treasurer Mary Underwood has filed for re-election. She is a Republican.
Perry teacher Wayne Ledbetter is a candidate for the Second District Commissioner seat. Incumbent Roy Dunnaway is not seeking re-election. Ledbetter is a Republican.
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