It's election time in the wiregrass, and it's important to be informed before you cast your vote on November 2nd.
One position many of you will be voting on is Houston County sheriff.
In this year's election, the incumbent, republican Andy Hughes, is challenging democrat, Eddie Ingram.
“I was able to ask them both the same series of questions, which neither candidate had previously seen.
This is what they had to say,” said reporter Danielle Eldredge.
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Both candidates have opinions on what the role of the sheriff should be in this debate.
“I think the sheriff’s office should stay completely out of that issue and it should be left up to the legislation and the people in Houston County and Alabama to vote on it,” said Ingram.
Hughes answered, “If we do get a bill on the legislature a good fair bill that we could regulate this and keep the corruption out of it then that would be fine with me if that's what the people of Alabama want. But the Sheriff's Office just wants to make sure that it is absolutely 100% legal.”
Another issue facing the sheriff's office is prison overcrowding.
Although both candidates are in favor of ankle-bracelet-monitoring programs, for select non-violent offenders, they differ on other aspects of the solution.
“We need to make sure we've got a short range and a long range plan to make an addition to the Houston County Jail...first of all we've got to find a way to fund it,” said Hughes.
“If we need more space there's space here in Houston County in buildings that have been abandoned that's already owned by the county,” said Ingram.
And lastly, what should the role of the sheriff's office be in traffic enforcement?
“We shouldn't turn our head to traffic but minor traffic violations pale in comparison to the drug problem and burglary theft problem in Houston County,” said Ingram.
“People can't ask you as a sheriff to say we want you to enforce this set of laws but we don't want you to enforce this set of laws the main goal is to save lives...we're not trying to raise revenue or anything like that saving lives is our goal,” said Hughes.
During my interviews with the candidates we also talked about the biggest crime-related problem facing the wiregrass and solutions to budget cuts.
To hear the candidates' answers to these questions, and to watch the complete interviews, Visit our webchannel at WTVY.com
This is the first in a series of candidate profiles News 4 is compiling for this election season.
Make sure to tune in over the few weeks to make sure you're informed and ready to exercise you're right to vote November 2nd.