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July 28, 2014, 3:20 am
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War of Words Heats Up in Sangamon County Sheriff GOP Primary


The war of words is heating up between the Republican candidates for Sangamon County sheriff.

 

Undersheriff Jack Campbell is demanding an apology from opponent Wes Barr for comments Barr made during a joint appearance Tuesday on 970 WMAY.

 

But Barr says he won’t apologize… because he was telling the truth.

 

Barr accuses Campbell of circumventing Merit Commission rules that prevent most sheriff’s deputies from staying on the force while running for office.

 

Barr says Campbell’s appointment to the position of Undersheriff was a political move by Sheriff Neil Williamson to allow his favored candidate to stay on the payroll.

 

Barr and Campbell each describe the other as “desperate.”

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