“I want to make a great department even better,” Wagner said. “I’ve got a tremendous amount of support from my friends and family.”
He’s set up a campaign website at wagnerforsheriff.com and a Facebook page.
Wagner and his wife, Dawn, reside in Danville and have two adult daughters.
VanWagner said he was asked to run for sheriff during the past two elections but didn’t feel he was ready for the office.
“This was the third time some guys came to me and asked me to run,” he said. “They wanted to bolster their training and think I would be a good component to do that.”
VanWagner has been working in law enforcement for 20 years. He’s currently working as an instructor with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s training academy.
He said he also needed permission from his wife, Lori, who is just finishing up with treatment for breast cancer.
“We discussed it because, for me, family comes first,” VanWagner said. “She said, ‘You can do this!’”
The couple has four children.
After discussing it with more officers in the area, VanWagner said he decided it was time for him to run for the office.
“I really like to support things like Susie’s Place and Sheltering Wings,” he said. “Those things are important to me. That’s another reason I’m running for sheriff.”
VanWagner has a Facebook page set up for his campaign.
Attempts to reach Hancock prior to the publication of this article were unsuccessful.