TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – It may have been arguably the hottest race this primary season, the race for the Republican candidate for Tippecanoe County Sheriff.
This race was a closely watched one and it was no different Tuesday. From Heath and Richard’s dispute in front of a rolling News 18 camera to Richard calling one of Heath’s endorsements a political ploy.
Even on primary Election Day, this race continued to stay a tight one, but the end result was Barry Richard coming out on top of candidate Dave Heath. Richard obtained 6,008 votes giving him 52 percent over opponent Health, who took in 5,583 votes for a close result of 48 percent.
There were a lot of emotions in the Tippecanoe County Building after the unofficial results put Richard ahead of Heath. Richard and Heath did talk for about a minute.
Richard said he told Heath he is looking to lean on him and other past sheriffs to make sure the department is well run.
Richard is currently serving as the executive director of the Lyn Trece Boys and Girls Club of Lafayette and spent more than 35 years with the Lafayette Police Department.
Heath is currently the director the county’s community corrections and has previously spent eight years as sheriff and another eight as the Lafayette Mayor.
Richard said moving forward he is hoping everyone can unite for the department.
“Working with, uniting with the Republican party. I believe not only Republicans, but Democrats, independents all need to come together to make this happen,” said Richard.
Heath replied, “I mean what can you say? I thought it was an extremely important campaign about the future of the department, but the voters have spoken.”
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