Adam Bieber's campaign for Shawano County Sheriff has become more popular than he anticipated, even drawing attention from a senior producer at TMZ.
"He contacted me on Facebook, basically asking me if the Beiber name hurt my campaign chances at all," Bieber said.
An officer for the City of Shawano, Bieber is surprised that sharing a last name with pop star Justin Bieber has given his campaign attention outside of Shawano County.
"A lot of people have been asking me about Justin Bieber. When I ran I did not think Justin Bieber would be a big deal in this election," Bieber said.
The officer hopes voters will still focus closely on his goals in running for sheriff.
"I want to look for more prevention, so that we can effectively fight the war on drugs," Bieber said. "Heroin and cocaine are dangerous and they're a problem around here."
An issue that Bieber's opponent, Shawano County Sheriff Randy Wright, wants to tackle if he is re-elected.
"It is a big issue. And it is going to be a situation that I will continue to fight," Wright said. "If you look at what's been done in my administration here, we have taken down some of the largest drug guerrillas that are cartel-connected to Mexico."
Wright has been involved in law enforcement for 40 years. Something he believes gives him qualifications to be re-elected.
"I enjoy what I'm doing. I enjoy being out there and meeting the people," Wright said. "I want to continue to stay at Shawano County and continue to try and keep my promise I made in my campaign in 2006, to keep the people in this county safe and secure."
Bieber has also been involved in his community.
"I've been a patrol officer for 14 years, and I want to make a difference," Bieber said. "I made a name for myself in this community. I've been a head wrestling coach, and I coach youth baseball."
The sheriff candidate isn't sure how his last name will affect voting in the polls.
"I don't know if it will give me an advantage. Any news or advertising to get your name out there is a good thing usually," Bieber said. "I believe I'm a conservative that wants to save money for the taxpayers and make a more efficient department, providing better service with the same amount of money."
Both candidates will find out voters' decisions on election day, August 12th.
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