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Dave Gladieux thanks supporters at GOP headquarters Tuesday after winning the Republican primary for Allen County sheriff.
Allen County Sheriff

Busy, ‘humbling’ day ends in big win for Gladieux

He began the day as a committee precinct man, introducing himself to voters and checking on workers at the polls.

Then there was a visit to the doctor, lunch with Allen County assessor candidate Stacey O'Day and finally some time to sit and “veg out.”

That whole time, David Gladieux couldn't stop thinking about the Allen County sheriff's race, for which he's spent the past three years preparing.

Now, history is on his side.

Gladieux, chief deputy for the Allen County Sheriff's Department, was doling out handshakes, shoulder slaps and high fives outside county Republican headquarters Tuesday night after winning the party's nomination in the primary election.

A Democrat has not won the Allen County sheriff's position since the 1930s.

“This is one of the most humbling experiences of my life,” he said.

Gladieux beat Indiana State Police Trooper Luke NaThalang by gaining nearly 65 percent of the 25,410 votes cast in the primary, according to unofficial results from the Allen County Election Board.

It's the first time Gladieux, who has worked for the Sheriff's Department in nearly every capacity during a nearly 28-year career, has run for political office.

He said he couldn't believe the number of workers who came out to help him or the number of people who supported him.

Still, it was impossible for the nerves to subside as the day began.

“It's a big sigh of relief,” said Gladieux of the primary results.

Gladieux will run against Democratic candidate David C. Roach, who ran unopposed in his party's primary.

Roach has been a perennial candidate for several offices throughout the years and has a penchant for the unusual, even running for mayor once under the name D.C. (Mr. Roachclip) Roach.

Despite this, Gladieux said he will take the same approach during his campaign for the general election as he did for the primary.

“You never take anything for granted,” he said. “It might be hard to take that candidate seriously, but you have to.”

If Gladieux wins the sheriff's race, he plans to focus on trying to work with state and local legislators regarding the future of the Allen County Jail, which has limited space.

A change in state laws has reduced the number of offenders the Allen County Jail can send to the Indiana Department of Correction.

These state laws reworked prison sentences to some extent, making it so some lower-level offenders can serve their time in county jails. This has put a space crunch on jails.

jeffwiehe@jg.net

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