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Oneida Co. Sheriff Race: Incumbent vs. Sgt. vs. Medical Examiner

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ONEIDA COUNTY, Wis. (WAOW) -

Current Oneida County Sheriff Grady Hartman faces two challengers next week: one of his sergeants, Greg Gardner, and the Oneida County Medical Examiner, Larry Mathein. 

Hartman has held the role since 2013. He's running on experience, and passion for law enforcement.

"I like law enforcement, I grew up in law enforcement," he said. "I know the budget in and out. I know the issues surrounding the sheriff's office. I work well with state officials."

Meanwhile, Gardner and Mathein are calling for change. They each said they're pushing for more transparency and a stronger focus on the community. 

"People have an idea that we're more about enforcement, and less about service," said Sgt. Gardner, who has worked for the department for 22 years. "I think my history has been a lot about service."

Mathein believes someone outside the department should take over.

"There has been a lot of negative publicity, a lot of apparent discord in the community with the way things are going at the sheriff's department," he said. "And I think now is a really good time for somebody from the outside to come in, make those changes."

The three will face off in the Republican primary Aug. 14. The winner will take on Constitutional Party candidate Tom Wakely in November. 

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