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Ashworth Files for Sheriff; Promises Fewer Pot Arrests

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Maj. Ashworth is expected to face Chief Deputy Robinson in the May 3rd Primary

Major Jason Ashworth has officially filed for Vanderburgh County Sheriff, promising to stop some marijuana arrests.

In a release, Ashworth’s campaign said he’s one of the first candidates for sheriff in Indiana to announce he would install a policy ceasing all arrests for simple possession of marijuana.

Ashworth also said he will work with community partners to crack down on the trafficking of opioids and illegal guns. He also promised to “provide mental health support to those in need instead of locking them in jail without the appropriate resources.”

And Ashworth announced a new third-party, independent review process for all deaths at the county jail.

Ashworth is a 28-year veteran of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, beginning as a corrections officer and currently serving as Major and Commander of Operations.

Chief Deputy Noah Robinson is also running for the sheriff’s post.

He announced his candidacy nearly a year ago, followed by Ashworth’s announcement in March.