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Schuylkill County sheriff candidate Patrick Reynolds still running

By Jaccii Farris, Reporter, JFarris@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 05 2013 10:34:21 AM CST

Patrick Reynolds accused of pulling gun on repo man

Tuesday is election day and there hasn't been a dull moment in the Schuylkill County sheriff's race.

First an embattled police chief launches a write-in campaign.

On Friday, the Republican candidate suspended his campaign after he was charged with pulling a gun on someone.

Now he's back in the race.

"Just because I have suspended my campaign does not mean that I still do not hope to be elected as the next county sheriff," said Patrick Reynolds.

Reynolds says if the voters choose him as the next Schuylkill County sheriff, he will serve.

On Friday, Reynolds announced his campaign manager had quit and his candidacy was suspended.

That happened after court documents said he pulled a gun on a repo man trying to take a car off of his property.

Reynolds said Republican and county leaders asked him to pull out.

But one day before the election, he's back in, despite charges of making terroristic threats, simple assault and lying to authorities.

Those charges are all misdemeanors.

"I have checked with the state department and with the election bureau. I am able to take the duties of sheriff on even with these charges pending," said Reynolds.

News of Reynolds' situation has suspended Gilberton Police Chief Mark Kessler urging voters to write HIM in.

The incumbent -- Sheriff Joe Groody-- could not be reached for comment on the latest turn of events.

But Schuylkill County residents have plenty to say.

"It don't look good at all. I usually have my mind made up on who should go in and whatever. This is stunning," said resident Wayne Kechula.

Reynolds isn't talking about the allegations.

But he is headed to the polls to talk to voters.

And December fifth he will be talking to a judge at his preliminary hearing.