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Black Hawk County Sheriff’s candidates face off on The Steele Report

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BLACK HAWK COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) -- A special one-hour edition of The Steele Report this week takes a closer look at the 2020 race for Black Hawk County Sheriff.

In this matchup, the current three-term Sheriff, Tony Thompson, is being challenged by former Waterloo Police Chief and current Black Hawk County Supervisor, Dan Trelka.

Trelka is a Republican and the only Republican on the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors.

Thompson is a Democrat and a 26-year employee of the Black Hawk County Sheriff's office. He's in his 12th year as Sheriff, and you'll hear Thompson say he was stunned to hear Trelka was going to run for Sheriff, after just announcing he was retiring from law enforcement.

You'll also hear Thompson charge that Trelka does not have the experience necessary to be Sheriff, which also involves operating the Black Hawk County Jail.

For his part, you'll hear Trelka say he's proven to be a strong leader at every job he's had, including his 10-years as Waterloo Police Chief. Trelka says he wants to give local voters a 'choice' in this key local election.

The show features some back and forth accusations, and you'll hear the candidates question each other during the one-hour special edition of The Steele Report Sunday at 10 a.m., on KWWL-TV and will be available on kwwl.com after.

Due to a NBC Special Report that aired during the Steele Report on Sunday, KWWL will air the sheriff's forum again Sunday at 4 p.m. on the CW 7.2.

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Ron Steele

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