Bob Goldsmith enters Tippecanoe County sheriff's race

We now know who the Democratic Party may choose to run for Tippecanoe County Sheriff. For Bob Goldsmith, there's no other choice.

Posted: Jun. 22, 2018 9:25 PM
Updated: Jun. 22, 2018 9:30 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — We now know who the Democratic Party may choose to run for Tippecanoe County Sheriff. For Bob Goldsmith, there's no other choice.

"If I don't do this now, I will regret it for the rest of my career," said the potential Democratic challenger.

Goldsmith has secretly considered a run for sheriff for a while now but he was waiting to see how his good friend John Woody Ricks did in the Republican Primary first. He also didn't see the point in announcing early.

"You don't play cards and show your hand, there's no reason for me to show my hand," said Goldsmith.

If the Democratic Party chooses Goldsmith on June 30, he will face Republican Jason Dombkowski in November. He's planning to keep the race positive and professional.

"Should I lose, I've got to work for him in his administration and I will absolutely do that," said Goldsmith.

Dombkowski wants to stay focused on the issues.

"We are going to continue to have the same talking points, the same platform, the same plan, my five point plan, my record as West Lafayette Police Chief for ten years, speaks for itself," said Dombkowski.

He's not afraid to point out flaws in the current sheriff's office.

"The Democrat challenger is part of the broken leadership at our sheriff's office," said Dombkowski.

We may see some push back from Goldsmith when it comes to some of Dombkowski's suggestions for the sheriff's office. For example, his emphasis on K-9's in the jail.

"I do work in the detectives division and I do investigate some of those cases that come from the jail so I know what's in our jail and I know what dogs can and cannot detect," said Goldsmith.

He said he'll share more if selected by the Democratic Party.

Goldsmith's voting history shows he's voted in the Republican Primary Election nine times but he's yet to vote in a Democratic Primary Election.

Democratic Chair Heather Maddox said his voting record didn't concern her considering Goldsmith's position with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office. He said he was voting for his boss. Every year he's worked there, a Republican has won.

Democrats hope this year is different.

"I've been taking notes over the years, 21 years to be exact, of community concerns, employee concerns and things that I can do where if I am ever in the position to make things better than the day before that's what I want to do," said Goldsmith.

Both candidates said they're open to debates in the future.

We'll continue following this story and bring you the latest if Goldsmith is chosen as the Democratic candidate for sheriff.

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