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Forum held for Rock County Sheriff candidates

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JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Voters learned more about the candidates for Rock County Sheriff Wednesday night.

Current Sheriff Robert Spoden faces a member of his own department, Captain Gary Groelle, in the primary August 12.

At a forum in Janesville, Spoden defended his department's budget.

"Our budget is always going to be a conservative and we are going to make sure that we are responsible to the taxpayers," said Spoden.

Groelle criticized the purchase of an armored vehicle.

"That was an opportunity that the sheriff took and I'm all for safety for our men and women, but at the cost of $40,000 to taxpayers. I think we shared funds, but that money could have been used to purchase something else," said Groelle.

Both Spoden and Groelle are running as Democrats. There is no registered Republican candidate.

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