One in a series of stories leading up to the May 16 primary

Ivan Sewell believes he is the right man for the jailer’s position.

“I have the experience for it. I believe the jail is ready for a change and they need someone in there who can do the job,” he said.

Sewell, one of two Republican candidates seeking the office in the May primary, served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and during that time he was stationed at Camp David for a year-and-a-half. He also guarded generals and admirals and was also a Scout Sniper Platoon member and squad leader for a helicopter raid platoon overseas.

Sewell was also a member of the Secret Service and guarded the White House and the vice president’s house, as well as several embassies in Washington D.C. He traveled with two presidents and served as a member of the SWAT team with the Secret Service, as well as working with the U.S. Air Marshals after 9/11.

Besides his experiences with the military, Sewell also worked as a patrolman with the Kentucky State Police for a year-and-a-half.

He has received multiple awards, including a Meritorious Mass Award, Squad Leader Award, Physical Fitness awards and was vice president of his class at the Kentucky State Police Academy.

Sewell graduated from Glasgow High School in 1992 and played baseball for the Scotties. He attended Campbellsville Univer-sity and studied political science and social psychology. He also took college courses at Park University and Kentucky State University.

He believes the Barren County Corrections Center is in need of a lot of improvements and feels like he is the right candidate for the job.

Sewell doesn’t think Barren County needs a new jail, because the construction of a new jail would place a heavy financial burden on the county.

“I’m satisfied with the old jail. It can be fixed as long as it is properly maintained, but I do believe both jails have their pros and cons,” he said.

Sewell owns a carpet cleaning business, as well as a pressure washing business and a lawn care business.

He and his wife, Andrea, attend Cumberland Presby-terian Church. They have two children, Payton, 4, and Austin, 6 months.

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