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Two announce intent to run for Lafayette County Sheriff
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Reg Gill, of Benton, will be running as a republican candidate for the office of Lafayette County Sheriff.

Two candidates, both running as republicans, have announced their intent to run for the position of Lafayette County sheriff in the upcoming fall election: Reg Gill and Jason King.

Reg Gill announced on Thursday, March 13 that he will be seeking the Republican nomination as a candidate for the office of Lafayette County Sheriff to succeed Sheriff Scott Pedley in the fall 2014 election.

Gill is in his 15th year of service as a Lafayette County Deputy Sheriff. He has served as a patrol officer and is a firearms range instructor with the sheriff’s office and is also a Carry Concealed Weapons (CCW) instructor for Southwest Technical College.

Gill is married to Carol (Deppe) Gill and they have two sons.  The Gills reside in Benton Township and have been lifelong residents of Lafayette County where Gill grew up on the family farm which is now in its fourth generation. He is a 1983 Shullsburg High School graduate and holds an Associates Degree from Southwest Technical College.  He has also completed many law enforcement related training courses throughout his career.

Gill’s goals include seeing the office of Lafayette County Sheriff continue to progress and to provide excellent law enforcement services to the citizens of Lafayette County and those who visit here. 

At the same time, Gill understands there are limits on the budgeted dollars available from the taxpayers and he will see to it that taxpayer monies are used wisely through a conservative, common sense approach.

Gill announced on Tuesday, March 18 that John Knellwolf, president and CEO of First National Bank in Darlington has agreed to be the campaign treasurer for Gill’s campaign for the 2014 fall Lafayette County sheriff election.

City of Darlington Police Chief Jason King announced on Monday, March 17  his Republican candidacy for Lafayette County Sheriff in the Nov. 4 election.  King, a life-long resident of Lafayette County, has headed the Darlington Police Department since 2007. 

King is the current president of the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Administrator’s Association and has law enforcement experience in village, city, and county law enforcement.  Over the past 20 years, King has served in every position and rank at the Darlington Police Department.  King possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and is a graduate of the UW-Extension’s Community Leadership Alliance and the UW Law School’s Problem Oriented Leadership Institute for Chief Executives. 

“I look forward to a positive campaign and am excited about the opportunity to speak with the people of Lafayette County in coming months about how I feel my education, training, and professional experience, as well as my passion for the people of Lafayette County, will serve to make me an exemplary leader at the Sheriff’s Department,” said King.

King has devoted his entire adult life to serving the residents of Lafayette County as a law enforcement officer and as a volunteer EMT with Rural Medical Ambulance Service.  In his off time, King enjoys volunteering with the Darlington United Methodist Church, the Darlington Chamber of Commerce, and the Darlington American Legion Post.  King, and his wife, Tammy, reside in Darlington and have three children, Madyson, 8, Landon, 6, and Lillian, 4. 

Area residents may learn about the campaign by visiting