GRANT PARISH, La. (KALB) - As we keep a close eye on several local elections, the race for sheriff is one of the biggest in Grant Parish.
Left to Right: Grant Parish Sheriff Steven McCain, Gerald Chelette, and "Cliff" Brister | Photo Source: KALB
Sheriff Steven McCain has two other challengers. Gerald Chelette is running with no party affiliation. He is retired from the military where he served 20 years of active duty.
"Cliff" Brister is running as a Republican. He worked as a state trooper for 22 years before retiring. Now, he works in construction.
Grant Parish Sheriff Steven McCain said the motto of the Sheriff’s Office is, "Making a Difference", something he said has been motivating him for the last seven years.
“It's a lot more than just putting people in jail,” McCain explained. “Our involvement with the youth of the parish, with our different youth camps, the mentoring program, with the kids at school, the D.A.R.E program, it's a lot more than just putting people in jail."
Sheriff McCain is a life-long resident of Grant Parish, he was elected in 2011 following an extensive career in law enforcement.
Now, as he runs for sheriff again, he hopes the community will acknowledge his efforts over the past years.
“We've worked hard for the last seven years, and we're going to continue to work hard," Sheriff McCain said. “But, I can't win this election by myself and it's going to take people getting out to vote, and I’m certainly asking for their support."
Chelette said he was motivated to run following an alleged incident involving Grant Parish Sheriff's deputies.
"A month ago, I lost my brother in a vehicle accident, I was one of the first people on the scene of that accident,” Chelette explained. “I heard Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office and first responders laughing at my brother’s body as he laid inside the vehicle."
News Channel 5 asked McCain about the incident, and he declined to comment.
While we have not been able to individually verify information about the incident, Chelette made it clear on his Facebook page that's why he's running.
Chelette also said his leadership role when he served in the military will help him, if elected.
Also in the race, Cliff Brister, he moved to Grant Parish more than 30 years ago and is a retired state trooper of more than 20 years.
Brister said he has big plans, if elected.
"I will not go after any new taxes. I think the parish has enough to protect our children and to put more deputies on the road,” Brister said. “I would like to enhance some of the projects that are already going, within the Sheriff's Department.”
Brister also said having a law enforcement background will make a difference.
"I'm a volunteer fire chief for Grant Parish Fire District 1. I’ve been that since 2002. I've been involved in the parish for a lot of things on a volunteer basis up to this point, and I think that I have the knowledge to bring that into the Sheriff's Office,” Brister said.
Cliff Brister is the first cousin of Clay Brister, who's running for Rapides Parish Sheriff.
The Grant Parish Chamber of Commerce will present "Meet The Candidates 2019" Thursday, August 15.
The event begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Dry Prong Community Center.
Each candidate will be given five minutes to express their ideals, plans and values.
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