Also seeking the seat are:
Travis Armstrong, whose last name gives him the name-recognition edge. At 22 the youngest candidate, he would add a perspective often missing in local government.
Joel Benz, who is a paramedic, would bring the perspective both of a public servant and a small-business owner.
Tom Rotering, a captain with the Fort Wayne Fire Department. He has a long involvement with politics, currently serving his second term as secretary of the Allen County GOP.
Gwendolyn Sordelet, who would bring public and private experience both. She has worked for a large corporation and also served with voter registration for eight years.
Note that the voter referendum on county government structure approved by the state this year does not affect this election. Even if voters were to approve a change, those elected this year would still serve a full term under the current structure.
So in this GOP primary, we have as candidates Chief Deputy David Gladieux, looking to fill the shoes of departing Sheriff Ken Fries, and Luke NaThalang, who has served 29 years with Indiana State Police. Our choice, then, is between the insider, who would keep the current system going with his own modifications, and the outsider, who would shake things up.
Our sense is that the department is not perfect (what is?) but that it has no problems severe enough to warrant a house cleaning and a lot of successes the current administration can be proud of. Fries has steered the department with a steady hand for eight years, and we expect Gladieux to do the same.