#4ThePeople; Here’s who’s running to be Spokane County’s next sheriff

SPOKANE, Wash. — For the first time in 16 years, Spokane County will have a new sheriff.

There are two candidates vying for your vote. John Nowels is the current undersheriff. Wade Nelson is a retired detective with the Sheriff’s Office.

Both worked closely with current Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich over the years, but only Nowels received his endorsement. Both are also Republicans with extensive law enforcement backgrounds.

According to the Public Disclosure Commission, on Monday, Nowels had raised over $71,269.27 towards his campaign. Nelson’s raised about half of that so far, bringing his total on Monday to $32,660.80.

On their websites, rising crime rates, an understaffed agency and homelessness are some of their top priorities.

Knezovich recently unveiled a new plan to clear Camp Hope in a matter of weeks. Whoever is elected will deal with the aftermath of that choice, and 4 News Now will ask them how they would deal with the camp.

The election is just 43 days away, and your vote will help decide Spokane County’s new sheriff. On Tuesday night, you’ll meet the candidates and see their vision for the position. You can share any questions and topics you’re interested in learning more about with 4 News Now, and we’ll take your questions straight to the source.

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