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Candidates discuss future of Tippecanoe County in WLFI's primary debate

At the debate Tuesday, those running for their respective offices shared their beliefs on what the future of Tippecanoe County might look like.

Posted: Apr 10, 2018 11:40 PM
Updated: Apr 11, 2018 9:28 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — At the debate Tuesday, those running for their respective offices shared their beliefs on what the future of Tippecanoe County might look like.

Barry Richard, Jason Dombkowski and John "Woody" Ricks took part in the sheriff's debate. They were asked questions about gun control, the current opioid crisis and drugs in the jail.

Pat Harrington and Earl McCoy faced off in the prosecutor's debate. They answered questions about transparency and the needle exchange program.

Kirk Cerny and Tom Bradt live in Tippecanoe County. They were pleased that the candidates addressed these issues directly.

"I really appreciated that everyone was direct. They didn't mince words about supporting the Second Amendment, although in very different flavors," said Cerny. "As it relates to the opioid crisis, that's the biggest crisis facing our community right now and it needs to be dealt with in a strong way."


"I think the drug epidemic is a serious problem," said Bradt. "I'm on a volunteer fire department here in the county and we've seen several of those overdoses where we have to use Narcan. I found needles on the roadways, so it's something that has to be tracked and mandated."

The primary election will take place May 8.

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