FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. - With more than a year between now and the election for the Fremont County Sheriff, people are already putting their names into the race.
So far five candidates are listed on the Colorado Secretary of State's website as running.
The list includes current Fremont County law enforcement officers: Undersheriff Ty Martin and deputies Clint Wilson and Cyrus Youngs.
Florence Police Chief Mike DeLaurentis is also running and a former law enforcement officer Skip Moreau.
The Fremont County elections clerk says this is not unusual to have so many people entering the race so early. She said a large pool of candidates is usually seen when the incumbent is not running for office.
The current Fremont County Sheriff Jim Beicker hasn't announced his intentions for running yet next year. We tried to reach out to him for an interview, but he wasn't available for a comment.
This is all following the 11 Fremont County deputies that have been put on administrative leave so far this year. Starting with evidence from a murder investigation in Lt. Robert Dodd's personal storage locker.
Reactions in the community were mixed on whether they would like to see a new sheriff in the area.
"There's some discontent in the county about what's been going on in a few instances. Overall, it doesn't matter who's going to be in there, you're still going to have some problems," said Ron Claflin, a Fremont County resident. "It's the way it is these days, the political situation is just kind of volatile through everything," said Lance Peterson, a Fremont County resident.
"It's the way it is these days, the political situation is just kind of volatile through everything," said Lance Peterson, a Fremont County resident.
The primary election for this race is on June 26 of 2018 and the election isn't until November 6 of 2018.