Eau Claire County Sheriff races up to 3 candidates as Dave Riewestahl enters

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) — The race to become Eau Claire County’s next sheriff now has three candidates.

On Monday, Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Dave Riewestahl announced he was running for the position currently held by outgoing Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer, according to a statement.

“I am excited to use my skills and experiences to serve … as the next sheriff of Eau Claire County,” Riewestahl said.

Riewestahl has worked in the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office since 2007 in various roles; he is currently the administrator of the Eau Claire County Jail. In the release, Riewestahl touted his ability to work with other departments as a key part of his law enforcement career.

“In my career, I’ve had the most success when I collaborate with other departments, members of our community, and surrounding communities to resolve issues and concerns,” Riewestahl said.

A native of Altoona, Riewestahl is an alumnus of Altoona High School and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He will join Don Henning, a longtime member and detective of the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office, and Kevin Otto, also a longtime member of the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office who is currently a jail sergeant, running for Eau Claire County Sheriff. Riewestahl and Otto, both Democratic candidates, will face each other in a primary on August 9, with the winner set to appear on the ballot in the November 8 general election.

You can learn more about elections in Wisconsin by visiting the Wisconsin Election Commission website. If you’re looking for sample ballots, voter registration information, or wondering where to vote, you can visit the MyVote Wisconsin website.

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