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The charges against Reader are not connected to the slayings.
In his announcement that he plans to run in the November 2020 race, he said he plans to run as an independent candidate because “politics do not belong in law enforcement.”
“Our citizens need a sheriff who has developed trust throughout his community,” Reader said on Friday. “The people need a sheriff who has the experience to deal with criminals and who will get involved. They need a sheriff who is not afraid to drive his truck through a field and chase after a convict.”
While Reader is suspended, his release noted that the filing deadlines to enter the race happen before the conclusion of the criminal cases that he said should happen in the spring.