CLINTON — Citing his accomplishments in his first three terms, East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Talmadge Bunch is a candidate for re-election in the Oct. 22 primary election.

“Serving as sheriff is a sacred public trust that I have been faithful to during all of my 12 years of service. I would be honored to continue leading the hard-working, dedicated professionals of your sheriff’s department,” Bunch, 63, said.

A lifelong resident of the parish, Bunch attended Navarro Junior College and Southeastern Louisiana University.

A member of the national and state sheriff’s associations, he was elected to serve on the state association’s executive committee last year.

He also has served on the Louisiana Law Enforcement Commission.

Bunch, a Democrat, said his office’s work-release program serves as a model for other parishes and his service has been marked by continued improvements and innovations that show him to be a true law enforcement leader in the state.

Bunch said he works with emergency preparedness agencies to make sure East Feliciana is a safe place to live and is proactive in responding to natural disasters.

He said he provides inmate work details to cut grass and pick up litter in public places, participates in a Christmas toy drive and provides school resource officers and Drug Abuse Resistance Education instructors.

Bunch and his wife, the former Sue Johnson, have one son, a daughter and three grandchildren. He and his wife are members of Bluff Creek Baptist Church.