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Sheriff's write-in candidate touts different approach

Name: Oake C. Gregory

Age: 36

Hometown: Plum City

Occupation: Caregiver

Clubs, organizations, civic involvement: Independent volunteerism; over 1,500 hours last year working with various organizations, orphans, the poor and in environmental education

Family: Parents are Tom and Jeanne of Rhinelander

Education: Horticulture at UW-River Falls, year-long program in the healing arts, massage therapy and nutrition at Heartwood Institute in California

Oake Gregory has a different approach in mind for the Pierce County sheriff's job.

As write-in candidate for the position county voters will decide in the Tuesday, Nov. 2, general election, Gregory intends to be an alternative to other office seekers. He emphasizes relying on feedback to deal with several aspects related to the position.

"I'd be a good listener," he said of his effort to keep up morale in the sheriff's department.

He'd ask the deputies what their concerns are, he said. He'd also hold a friendly competition among them each month, treating the winner and their family to dinner as a reward, for example.

"I'm as concerned with the well-being of the deputies as I am with the rest of the citizens," he said.

Similarly, in making the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program in area schools more worthwhile, he'd tap the participants, he said.

"I'd find out from them what is troublesome in their lives and help them address it so they don't fall into (drugs)," he said.

The candidate said it's important for this type of program to identify the underlying causes of substance abuse. One of the accomplishments he foresees as sheriff is working with troubled youths to help them find purpose and meaning in their lives. He plans to donate 30 percent of his sheriff's salary toward starting and maintaining a youth center.

He also wants a 30 percent reduction in crime to be a top priority, right after protecting the safety of the county's citizens, he said. He'll work to end domestic violence in the county and promote officials honoring their solemn oath to maintain the U.S. Constitution.

For more please read the Oct. 20 print version of the Herald.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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