Greensburg, In. — Decatur County Sheriff’s Department sergeant David Durant has entered the race for the top job on the Democratic ticket.
Durant graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1980, then Vincennes University before taking a job with the Cumberland Police Department. In 1988 he began a 27-year career with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department that included serving as a SWAT & K-9 commander, participated in special investigations and held top-secret security clearance through the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets program. He became the Decatur County Community Schools resource officer in 2015, joined the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department in 2016, earned Officer of the Year in 2017 and was also promoted to the rank of sergeant.
Durant says he wants to create an unfavorable environment for criminals and make Decatur County a safer place. He believes drugs are no longer a “big city” problem and all approaches must be embraced to tackle the current epidemic. He also advocates the use of faith-based initiatives in the jail to support recovery efforts.
Durant is the only Democrat in the field and will face one of five Republicans in the November 2018 general election.
The Republican candidates are Indiana State Police master trooper Jim Ponsler, Decatur County Sheriff’s special deputies H. Wayne Shake and Rick Underhill, former Decatur County Sheriff’s Department deputy Steve Snyder and former Greensburg police chief of police and Decatur County prosecutor’s special investigator Bill Meyerrose.