LEWISTOWN - A Mifflin County man, unsuccessful in gaining the Republican nomination for sheriff during the May 2009 primary, is not giving up yet.
Bill Steele, a detective with the Mifflin County District Attorney's office, has announced his intent to run a write-in campaign for Mifflin County sheriff in the November election.
"I'm still interested in becoming the Mifflin County sheriff," Steele said.
Steele, along with Kent Smith and Chris Shade, all sought the Republican nomination for sheriff in May, a race which Shade ultimately won.
According to official results from the May primary, Shade received 2,243 votes, Steele received 1,745 votes and Smith took 1,022 votes. There were no candidates listed on the Democratic ballot.
Steele previously said one of the reasons he decided to run for sheriff is to further his career in law enforcement. Steele's previous law enforcement experience includes acting chief of the Mifflin County Regional Police Department, patrol officer for the Lewistown Borough Police Department, part-time officer for Burnham Borough Police Department, investigator for the Mifflin County Drug Task Force and special deputy for the Mifflin County Sheriff's Office. He also served as detective lieutenant in charge of the criminal investigations unit, and second-in-command at the Mifflin County Regional Police Department.
Steele is a resident of Mifflin County. He is a 1974 graduate of Lewistown Area High School, a 1976 graduate of York College of Pennsylvania with an associate's degree in police science, and a 1982 graduate of the Pennsylvania State Police Academy.