Former Rusk County Sheriff Investigator David Hibbard has announced his candidacy for Rusk County Sheriff.

Hibbard has filed to run as a Republican. He is vying for the seat currently held by Rusk County Sheriff Jeff Wallace, who also has filed to run.

There will be a primary election on Tuesday Aug. 14 to decide which Republican candidate advances to the Nov. 6 election.

Hibbard has lived in Rusk County for 38 years. He graduated from Ladysmith High School and attended Mount Senario College. He currently lives in Ladysmith.

He and Arlyn have been married for more than 15 years. They have five sons. The family enjoys camping, fishing and grilling out.

He enjoys hunting. He has also started his own taxidermy business, Big Horn Taxidermy.

“With 24 years of law enforcement experience, I have proven my  reputation for being honest and trustworthy combined with having a strong work ethic. I pledge, as your next Sheriff, to be true to my core values,” Hibbard said in a statement.

He is campaigning on a pledge to make the county safer.

“As your sheriff, I will diligently strive to renew the community member’s faith and confidence in the sheriff’s department. I plan to work with the various federal, state and local agencies to address the substance abuse epidemic with an approach that prohibits this repetitive cycle,” Hibbard stated.

Hibbard also plans to work with the county board to reduce the sheriff’s fiscal budget to benefit taxpayers. He also wants to implement a school resource officer into area schools without financial burden to taxpayers.

“I pledge to take on the challenges our community faces with strong leadership skills and dedication. I will stay true to my values of honesty, great work ethics, and professionalism in every aspect of law enforcement service. This is my home, where I raised my family, and my pledge is to serve a community where families can feel confident to raise their children,” Hibbard stated.

There are no Democrats currently filed to run for sheriff.

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