On the Record: Candidates for sheriff hit final stretch

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INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 24, 2014) - Election Day is less than two weeks away, and in this week's edition of 'On the Record' the candidates for Marion County Sheriff talk to FOX59 about their campaigns.

Incumbent John Layton, a Democrat, has been on TV with ads in recent days, touting his 40 years of experience with the department. Layton is running for re-election against former federal agent Emmitt Carney, who served in Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

FOX59 spoke with both candidates Tuesday, and both had a lot to say about the issue of experience.

“Experience is one thing, but what kind of experience?” said Layton, of his opponent’s experience. “I’ll put it this way, I don’t think I’m qualified to head up the ATF…. this is a whole different animal to be a Sheriff anywhere in America, mainly because of the jails we take care of.”

But taking care of the jail has been a big issue in the race for sheriff, especially after a series of accidental releases.

“I think it’s time for a change,” said Carney. “Why does your budget continually increase when you had a reduction in force? Why do we continue to have the accidental releases?”

In the video above, see our full interview with Layton.

And in the video below, watch our interview with Carney.