SHREVEPORT, LA - The race for Sheriff of Caddo Parish has changed in a big way. Former Shreveport City Councilman John Nickelson says he is running for sheriff. Nickelson says he has the endorsement and full support of current sheriff Steve Prator.
Nickelson says "I am honored and excited to announce my candidacy for Sheriff of Caddo Parish. Sheriff Steve Prator asked me to enter the race, and after prayerful consideration, Emily and I have discerned that running is the right decision. The work of the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office is critically important to all of us who live and work in Caddo Parish – including three generations of my family."
Prator recently announced he would not seek re-election citing health concerns.
Nickelson has this to say about Prator: "no elected official has done more for our community over the past quarter century than Sheriff Prator, and I am humbled by his endorsement."
The Republican attorney served one term on the council before announcing he would not seek re-election so he could spend more time with his family.
Sheriff Prator has this to say about Nickelson" "the most important qualities of a sheriff are integrity, honesty, and being passionate about keeping our citizens safe, and John has demonstrated these traits again and again as an elected official. I truly believe John will be the only candidate that can be trusted to be tough on crime and careful with your money."
Nickelson will Democrat Henry Whitehorn in the race. Most recently, Whitehorn was CAO for the City of Shreveport, but he has previously served as Chief of Police, U.S. Marshall, and head of State Police. Eric Hatfield is also running for sheriff. He has made this attempt several times before.

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