STANTON, Neb. -- An eight-term sheriff has competition as he seeks another four years in office in Stanton County.

Stanton native James Hetzler has announced that he will run against incumbent Mike Unger for the Stanton County Sheriff's post.

"Sheriff Unger has done his best serving the people of Stanton County, but I believe a fresh leader in the department will be beneficial to the entire county," Hetzler said. "After eight terms of Unger as sheriff, I think it's time for a change."

Hetzler is an Army veteran who has worked for the Department of Defense and the Department of State on contracts overseas. He told News Channel Nebraska that his desire has been to work closer to home for a while.

"Whether it was Sheriff Unger's second term or his 15th term, that wouldn't have swayed my run," Hetzler said. "Serving as Stanton County Sheriff has been a dream of mine for quite some time now."

Unger announced earlier this month his intentions to seek a ninth term. Hetzler's announcement came shortly afterward.

"I believe I have a good chance against Sheriff Unger," Hetzler said. "I understand some people will be opposed to me running because they aren't a fan of change, but I believe that when change happens, growth happens."