FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — The two candidates for Allen County Sheriff debated the issues ahead of the November election Thursday night.
Republican Troy Hershberger and Democrat Kevin Hunter debated live on wane.com. The two discussed issues including the jail, the fight against drugs, mental health services, and more.
Watch a replay of the debate above.
Hershberger is the Chief Deputy for the Allen County Sheriff’s Department. He defeated Fort Wayne Police Deputy Chief Mitch McKinney in the May primary election.
Hunter is a Fort Wayne Police captain who leads the Vice and Narcotics and Internal Affairs units.
The debate was moderated by WANE 15 anchors Dirk Rowley and Alyssa Ivanson and Purdue Fort Wayne political science professor Michael Wolf.
WANE 15 talked to both candidates Thursday afternoon to preview the debate.
Both talked about why the race is so important and what they want voters to know about them.
Hunter believes he and Hershberger “couldn’t be further apart” on some topics.
“Voters have a choice. They can vote for the status quo, or they can vote for a proactive leader, someone who has experience in collaboration with others in the community, and that is really important for the sheriff going forward here,” Hunter said.
Meanwhile, Hershberger touts his experience. He’s spent his entire career working his way up through the Allen County Sheriff’s Department.
“And for the last 18 months, I’ve been the Chief Deputy, the number two position, and have control of the department in the absence of the sheriff,” Hershberger said. “So, I feel that those qualifications, that knowledge, that experience, gives me that institutional knowledge for the job to start out on day one understanding that responsibility that we have to undertake.”