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3 face off for sheriff's seat in Genesee County

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Voting season is here as elected officials run for their positions.

The Genesee County Sheriff's seat is up for grabs and three candidates are running for the position.

"I love this job and I want to continue to serve the people," Sheriff Robert Pickell said.

Pickell said he's turning the county around, but he needs more time. His opponent, Dan Allen, said 17 years in office is just too long.

"The things we're hearing is that there needs to be change in that office," Allen said. "We are doing really well. The support has changed a lot over the last four years since my last run. So many things have changed in the community since then. A lot of support that want to see change in this office."

For the Aug. 2 primary the two will face off for the Democratic vote. Then the winner will be challenged in November by Republican and self-professed constitutionalist Matt Kroll.

"Consensus is that we need a change. People are ready to get rid of Pickell and I agree. We need to get rid of him. Time for you to go Bob," Kroll said.

Pickell said neither Kroll nor Allen can match his experience.

"CIA, Flint Police Department, Prosecutor's Office. Five and a half years working on five continents," Pickell said.

Allen said that he also has a police background and with high crime and the water crisis he knows what the people want.

"More accountability for the residents and they also want progress moving forward," Allen said.

Meanwhile, Kroll have never been a police officer. He said his lack of political experience will actually be a good a thing if he is elected.

"I won't be a politician sitting on my hands inside the office. I'll be out visiting with people. What are their needs? How are the deputies treating you? How are the other police departments treating you," Kroll said.

The one thing every candidate can agree on is there is room for improvement in one of Mid-Michigan's troubles counties. A county that Pickell contends is trending in the right direction.

"That's why I think I'm the best one for the job because I've been there. I've been on the street. I don't just criticize and tear down and be negative. I'm trying to build something back up," Pickell said.

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