With seven days left before the general election, the two candidates for the position of Buena Vista County Sheriff admit the election has added some tension to the sheriff's office, but agree that is to be expected in a high-profile race such as this contest between the veteran sheriff and his longtime deputy.
"We try not to bring (the election) up in the office," incumbent Sheriff Chuck Eddy said. "You try to keep it out of the office and try not to cause problems in the office."
Eddy's challenger, Deputy Gary Launderville, admits that their working relationship has changed as the election nears.
"I'll be glad when that part is over," he said.
Launderville has worked as a sheriff's deputy under three different sheriffs for more than 20 years. He said running for the position is a career move on his part.
"I understand that if I win (the sheriff is) out of a job, but when you run for political office it can happen to anybody," Launderville said. "If I'm elected and four years down the road I get beat, I know I'm out of a job."
Regardless of the outcome on Nov. 7, Launderville said he hopes no ill will is felt afterwards.
Eddy, who has been sheriff for 12 years and a member of the Storm Lake Police Department before that, said the time leading up to the election is proving stressful.
"You don't know how people will vote in the booth," Eddy said, although he said people have been supportive.
"You do the best you can to campaign and try to get the vote out," he said. "You sit back and hope for the best."
This past week both candidates met at a candidates forum sponsored by Storm Lake Business and Professional Women.
Read the rest of this article in the 10/28 Pilot Tribune.