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Challenger Gary Groelle gets union endorsements in Rock County sheriff's race

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Frank Schultz
July 14, 2014

Gary Groelle, who is trying to unseat incumbent Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden in the Aug. 12 Democratic primary, announced endorsements Monday from several union groups, including the union representing Janesville police officers.

The endorsements come from the Janesville Professional Police Association and the Rock County and statewide AFSCME Public Employees Organized for Political Legislative Equality, which include members of AFSCME Councils 40 and 48.

The Janesville police union members “voted in favor of a change in sheriff at the Rock County Sheriff's Office. We are impressed with Captain Gary L. Groelle's integrity, experience and education,” said Scott Wasemiller, JPPA president, quoted in the release.

Wasemiller is a Janesville police officer and was the Republican candidate for sheriff when Spoden was first elected, in 2006.

 The police union comprises 82 officers, specialists and detectives.

The American Federation of Federal, State, County and Municipal Employees, known as AFSCME, includes members in Rock County who work as courthouse staff; sheriff's office support staff; Janesville Department of Public Works; Janesville School District instructional aides, and custodial, maintenance, and food service workers; Beloit City Hall; Beloit Public Library; Beloit Transit; support staff in the Parkview School District; Beloit Eclipse Center support staff; Rock County Health Care Center; Rock Haven Nursing Home and Rock County public works, 911 center, youth services center, economic support, job center support staff and health department.

“With over 32 years of service at the Rock County Sheriff's Office, I have had the privilege of working with a large share of these individuals in both of these unions,” the news release quotes Groelle as saying. “I appreciate how hard they work to ensure our citizens and their families have quality services provided to them.”



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