CROWN POINT | Former Lake County Sheriff Roy Dominguez will run for Lake County commissioner next year.
Dominguez announced late Tuesday he will challenge incumbent Gerry Scheub, D-Merrillville, who currently holds the 2nd District seat, which includes much of suburban central and rural south county.
Dominguez states on his newly launched campaign site that he will focus on creating jobs and using taxpayer resources more efficiently.
"We must change the way county government operates," according to the site. "We must make government more accountable and more transparent to Lake County taxpayers, senior citizens and small businesses."
Scheub said Tuesday night he welcomes the challenge of running against Dominguez.
"That's what primary elections are for. Let people run and let the best person win," Scheub said.
Scheub said he is moving next month from Merrillville to a condominium in Crown Point to ensure he lives within the 2nd District and to demonstrate his desire to run for re-election.
The district's boundaries are expected to be redrawn later this year to reflect population changes in the county over the past decade, and they likely will not cover Merrillville, Scheub said. The town may become part of the 1st District now represented by commission President Roosevelt Allen, D-Gary.
Dominguez, who served as sheriff from 2003 until last year, has seen his administration come under fire in the wake of federal investigations into the operation of the county jail.
Scheub has lost only two elections in four decades while serving as St. John Township trustee and 16 years as commissioner. For the past several years, he has backed construction of a trash-to-ethanol plant near Schneider, which has yet to be built.