Winner of primary election to run against Democrat Lane


Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Jackson County Sheriff Michael Carothers in his office at the Jackson County Jail on Wednesday. Carothers will run against fellow Republican Jerry Hounshel for the position of sheriff in the May 6 primary.

Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ District 3 County Commissioner Jerry Hounshel stands outside the Jackson County Courthouse Annex on Wednesday. Hounshel will be facing against fellow Republican candidate Michael Carothers for the position of sheriff during the May 6 primary.

Two Jackson County men vying for the Republican nomination in the sheriff’s race are no strangers to each other or the public.

Michael Carothers, 60, of Reddington, became sheriff in 2010 after winning the general election in November 2009; while Jerry Hounshel, 61, of Vallonia, is in his second term as county commissioner for District 1. He served as sheriff from 1999 to 2006.

The winner of the May 6 primary will face Democrat Jeff Lane, 58, of Cortland, in the general election on Nov. 4. Lane has 35 years of service with the Indiana Excise Police.

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