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Current sheriff endorses former sheriff in commissioner race

Joe Centers • Oct 15, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Saying "he has a vision," Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard has endorsed Democratic challenger Tom Dunlap against Republican incumbent Larry Silcox for Huron County Commissioner in the Nov. 6 election.

"Over the past year I've met with Tom on many occasions," Howard said during the announcement. "In fact, he's been here more than the three commissioners combined. He has a vision."

Howard said Dunlap is concerned about the "safety of the deputies and the safety of the citizenry."

"Tom is a very down-to-earth individual....He has a passion for service. I think, without a doubt, he is the guy who can take Huron County to the next level."

Dunlap, who was Huron County Sheriff from 1984 to 1989, talked about the endorsement.

"I'm just very pleased to get Sheriff Howard's endorsement," Dunlap said.

Dunlap also has been endorsed by the Huron County Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (OPBA), the Huron County Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and the Bellevue Police Department FOP.

"Those are the people I work with," he said.

Dunlap has spent the last 20 years as a law enforcement teacher at EHOVE.

"Tom and I have talked many times," Howard said. "It is about a long-range plan and stability."

Dunlap and Silcox participated in a Reflector-sponsored debate Wednesday afternoon. You can see a replay of the debate at norwalkreflector.com.

Silcox, who has been endorsed by the local Brotherhood of Carpenters' Union 744, said he is not concerned with endorsements.

"I haven't got the law enforcement (endorsement) but that's all right," he said. "I'm not here to get endorsements. ...I'm here to do a job. I don't want to be tied to anybody or owe anybody any favors. I will make every decision that is best for the county.

"The endorsement I want is from the constituents who vote."

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