2 Republicans in the Race for Perry County Sheriff

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By Stephanie Tyrpak

PERRY CO. --  Voters in next month's primary election will have a lot of choices in the race for Perry County Sheriff.

The incumbent, Democrat Keith Kellerman, faces two challengers from within his party. Another two men are running on the Republican ticket.
 
Former Perry County Lieutenant Gale Reidelberger is one of those candidates.
 
"I've canvassed the people," said Reidelberger. "And they want a change."
 
Reidelberger retired from law enforcement but couldn't stay away for long. He now works as a part-time police officer in Pinckneyville.
 
"This was my life, my career," said Reidelberger. 
 
Reidelberger is proud of his record with felony arrests. He'd like to be more involved in communities as sheriff and bring back neighborhood watch programs.
 
Current Deputy Steve Bareis is the other candidate in the Republican primary.
 
"I've been engaged with the community throughout my time there," said Bareis. "I've seen a number of things I think need to be improved."
 
He's a K9 officer and works as a school resource officer. Bareis divides his time as a chaplain and a captain in the Illinois National Guard.
 
"It's been a very rewarding experience," said Bareis. "I believe I've gained knowledge, military knowledge that can come into the civilian world and actually improve our department."
 
If given the shot, Bareis says he wants to keep better track of crimes and intervention efforts. He believes he's already had an impact helping with the youth court program.
 
"You don't know until the votes are cast," said Bareis. "But all I can do is do my best and step out and stand for the right things."
     
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