Marion County Sheriff’s Department Executive Officer, Col. John Layton, picked up a HUGE union endorsement Wednesday as the United Steelworkers Local 1999 voted to endorse the candidate for Sheriff. This is the first major union endorsement in the battle for the Democratic nomination that figures to go all the way to the May 2010 Primary Election.
Here is the release:
“United Steelworkers Local 1999 Endorses Col. John Layton For Marion County Sheriff
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Media Contact: Ross Wells, (317)250-5985
Indianapolis-- Today, United Steelworkers Local 1999 endorsed Colonel John Layton's bid for the office of Marion County Sheriff. Local 1999's President Chuck Jones cited Col. Layton's experience as a proven law enforcement officer as a key factor behind the union's endorsement.
"Through 35 years with the Marion County Sheriff's Department, Col. Layton has experienced every facet of this fine department. From his beginning working in the hospital detention unit, and continuing with his 2003 promotion to Chief Executive Officer, John is the right person to lead this Department into the future."
Col. Layton thanked Jones, and praised the Steelworkers dedication and invaluable work on behalf of Indianapolis. "I'm extremely humbled to receive this endorsement,” he said. The Steelworkers have played a large part in building everything that makes Indianapolis great.” Layton's late father was a member of Local 1999 for 37 years.
Currently serving as Chief Executive Officer of the Marion County Sheriff's Department, Col. Layton began his career with the Department in 1974, as a Deputy Sheriff. Marion County Sheriff Frank Anderson is prohibited from seeking a third term because of term limits.”
Layton and veteran IMPD Sgt. Mark Brown are battling it out in what is forecast to be a race-to-watch in 2010. Sheriff Frank Anderson accompanied Layton to file his paperwork to become a candidate a couple of months ago. Brown has been in the fight since June and claims to have support from rank-and-file officers in the MCSD and IMPD. I guess we shall see!