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Two candidates spend big in campaigns for Floyd County Sheriff's office

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Brad Striegel (left) and Frank Loop (right) Brad Striegel (left) and Frank Loop (right)
FLOYD COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Big money is being spent on the race for Floyd County Sheriff. Both candidates work for the Sheriff's Department. Thousands of dollars are being spent to get their names in the public.

Their campaign signs are everywhere.

"I have spent my entire career working my way through the ranks," said Lt. Frank Loop. "I've been appointed chief twice under two different sheriffs."

Loop has been with the Floyd County Sheriff's Department for the past 32 years. Officer Brad Striegel has been there 11 years. Striegel is also the Vice President of the Floyd County Council and owns a small business.

"I have the budget experience, the management experience, as well as the law enforcement experience," Striegel said.

Loop says so far, he's spent $86,000 on his campaign. He says billboards and yard signs have equaled just over $40,000. He's also buying TV ads.

"I've raised a total of a little over $95,000, but when you asked about just signage alone, I think the signage alone is just north of $50,000," Striegel said. "But there is other marketing tools and other things and advertising I've done."

The candidates are running for Sheriff as lawsuits are pending on inmates who claimed they were abused in the Floyd County Jail. Neither candidate is a part of those lawsuits.

"We have to step back and say, 'What happened here?' and let the litigation take care of that," Loop said. "Through that litigation, we may look at what we're doing and say are we still doing it right the way the courts want us to do it, and is there anything we could have change to make it different?"

"I would create a legal team of experts, from attorneys to prosecutors, to review all policies and procedures to make sure we're meeting those standards and exceeding those standards...so we lesson our liability in the jail," Striegel said.

With a close race expected, the clock is ticking to continue campaigning and to make sure everyone in Floyd County votes.

"The county is struggling with the budget, and we need to be fiscally responsible, and at the same time, it's about providing the services the community wants," Loop said.

"I want to re-effort manpower within the department, and to proactively engage people who commit those crimes," Striegel said. "Substance abuse is the driving force behind property crimes."

Floyd County Sheriff Darrell Mills could not run again because he's at the end of his two-term limit.

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