CANDIDATE FILINGS

Ligon files to run for Lake County sheriff

2014-01-14T20:15:00Z 2014-01-14T21:09:37Z Ligon files to run for Lake County sheriffBill Dolan bill.dolan@nwi.com, (219) 662-5328 nwitimes.com
January 14, 2014 8:15 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Richard Ligon, former Gary public safety director, filed his candidacy Tuesday for Lake County sheriff in 2014.

Ligon is a graduate of Gary's Froebel High School, has 34 years of military experience and rose to the rank of colonel. He served as a law enforcement official for the U.S. Postal Service from 1981 to 2004.

Ligon was relatively unknown when he ran in the 2010 Democratic primary and came within 1,120 votes of victory, losing to the eventual winner, Sheriff John Buncich.

Buncich filed for re-election Monday. Lake County police Sgt. Oscar Martinez, a 20-year veteran of the force, filed his candidacy for sheriff last week.

Martinez has been prominent in past years for recognizing drug couriers traveling Lake County's interstates from Chicago, Detroit and drug trafficking centers in the south. He would find large stores of cocaine and drug profits in hidden compartments of their automobiles.

Martinez said he remains with the department but has been reassigned from those duties by Buncich, a move Martinez has said is politically motivated. Buncich denies trying to downplay Martinez's contributions to the department.

All three men are Democrats.

Lita M. (Iatarola) Filippo filed as a Democrat to run for 1st District Lake County commissioner.

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