Dane County Sheriff Kalvin Barrett, recently appointed by Governor Tony Evers to fill the remaining term of retired Sheriff Dave Mahoney, has filed a campaign committee registration and will run for a full term in 2022, according to a campaign press release.
“My goals for the Sheriff’s Department are straightforward – build community, provide accountability, and always work for justice,” Barrett said in a written statement. “Being named Dane County Sheriff by Governor Evers has been one of the great honors of my life, and I look forward to running a campaign that is focused on the people, what we need from peace officers in our community in order for everyone to thrive and prosper.”
In the release, Barrett announced the endorsements of former Sheriff Dave Mahoney, State Representative Shelia Stubbs and University of Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez.
Barrett played football for UW when Alvarez was head football coach.
“I am proud to support my friend Kalvin for re-election next year, and encourage our community to do so as well,” Mahoney said in a statement. “I know that he will not rest on the sterling reputation of the Office of the Dane County Sheriff, but will continue to build the relationships and strengthen the training that makes us one of the best in the state.”
“As I witnessed at his swearing in as sheriff, Kalvin’s commitment to the people is first and foremost,” Stubbs said in a statement. “Dane County will be crucial to continuing Governor Evers’ people-first policies, and a major part of that will be affirming his selection of Kalvin Barrett as our sheriff.”
“I’ve had the honor to be a friend, mentor, and coach to Kalvin since he first stepped foot on our campus to play football for us,”Alvarez said in a statement. “I’m proud of the man he has become, and his commitment to his family, our community, and to our core values of fairness, decency, and mutual respect. We’re excited to see him become Dane County Sheriff, and look forward to him serving us in that role for years to come.”
Barrett said in an interview on the Madison365 Daily Update that his priorities include rebuilding community relationships and decreasing the Dane County Jail population.
Barrett announced his intention to run as a Democrat. Partisan primaries will be held in late summer of 2022 with the general election taking place in November.