Sheriff candidates in final stretch with two weeks until Election Day

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INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 21, 2014) - The campaign signs are out, and the commercials are on the air.

Election Day is just two weeks away, and while turnout is expected to be low, candidates are making their last minute push for votes.

In Marion County, the race for Sheriff has taken to the airwaves in recent days.

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?”

Also on the ballot: the IPS school board, the county prosecutor's office and three statewide races – for auditor, treasurer, and Secretary of State.

On the congressional level, there are nine races for the U.S. House of Representatives, with all nine incumbents seeking re-election. And in a year where turnout is expected to be low, political experts aren't predicting many surprises, with early voting numbers are down from the last election cycle.

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