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David Huckabay withdraws from Jasper County Sheriff’s race, Endorses candidate Scott Balch
Rensselaer – Mon. Feb. 12, 2018 – David Huckabay stated on his Facebook page on Monday evening that he is withdrawing from the 2018 Jasper County Sheriff’s Election and that he is endorsing candidate Scott Balch. Huckabay who was previously an officer with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department for over 20 years had been suffering various health issues since late fall of 2017.
Huckabay’s statement of campaign suspension follows:
After careful reflection, prayers, and many conversations with my best friend and wife, Alejandra, we have decided that I officially withdraw from the 2018 Republican primary election for Sheriff of Jasper County. I want to thank my supporters for all the kind words, backing, and prayers.
Due to those prayers and considerations, I have decided with tremendous confidence, pride, and respect of the best candidate, I fully endorse retired Indiana State Police Master Trooper, Scott Balch. Mr. Balch and I worked together in our law enforcement careers for nearly two decades. Mr. Balch brings the professionalism, leadership, and verified experience far more superior than any of the remaining registered candidates. He has always been approachable and his concern for our community is second to none. He is a father of two fine young men. He has endured personal hardships which would have destroyed men of lesser character. His integrity is remarkable among his peers.
As a veteran City of Gary and Jasper County Police Officer, I can tell you that Jasper County is at a critical point in its history. Our local newspapers are dominated by crime, out of control drugs, and economic crisis such as the loss of Saint Joseph’s College. Within the last year we have been bombarded with ‘Election Year’ ideas by politicians rather than professional law enforcement driven solutions. Being the victim, as our current administration wants to play, does not fix the problems which they have allowed to flourish over the past eight years plus. Their lack of solutions have driven the situation to its status. Leadership does not point fingers. Leadership says, “follow me.” That is Scott Balch who leads by example.
This is how I see the election and I cannot speak for Mr. Balch, but I implore my supporters to follow Trooper Balch and give him the same support they have shown me. Our vision is almost identical. We need modesty, experience, and fiscal responsibility to lead our law enforcement heroes to the level they and this community deserve. Mr. Balch has a vision, the education, and tangible success which quite frankly may make him the most qualified person for Sheriff in the history of Jasper County. His vision is based on reality, maturity, and above all unmatched experience in this race. I look forward to Sheriff Balch’s impact of turning Jasper County’s crime problem around. Mr. Balch’s leadership is based on motivation and not fear. His positive outlook will be contagious resulting in a departmental culture where the employees succeed, and our community thrives.
Good luck Trooper, I’m proud to call you my friend.
Thank you and praise be to Jesus Christ,
Story by Jasper County Online News.