“November 4, 2014 – It’s about YOU – Not Politics”



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The Children of Iredell Co. Deserve a Bright Future ………

Who Is At Fault? … by At-Risk.org Staff

Pointing fingers usually doesn’t accomplish much. However, it is extremely valuable to know who and what is causing today’s youth to become at-risk.

Nothing is more destructive to a teen and their family than the abuse of alcohol and drugs; the earlier the intervention, the better. Unfortunately teens often hide their alcohol/drug usage from their family and it can take months or even years before the parents become aware of the problem. Many parents minimalize the problem and don’t pick up on the warning signs until the child has spun out of control. Finally the family is confronted with an addicted teenager and is unable to deal with the situation on their own. Shame and denial become obstacles to the teen’s recovery (Parent Teen Guide).

Unfortunately, teenagers often don’t see the link between their actions today and the consequences tomorrow. They have the mindset that they are indestructible and immune to the problems that others experience. Some teens will experiment with alcohol or drugs and stop, or continue to use occasionally. Others will develop a dependency and will end up causing significant harm to themselves, their families, and society.

Each year, thousands of at-risk teens are diagnosed with clinical depression. If left untreated or ignored, it can be a devastating illness for the teen and their family. If allowed to continue, depression can lead to attempts at suicide. In high risk teens with depression – that is teens who have threatened or attempted suicide – there are four risk factors that account for more than 80 percent of the risk for suicide. They are: major depression, lack of mental health treatment, bipolar disorder, and easy access to firearms (The Warning Signs and Major Risk Factors of Suicide).

With increasing industrialization and urbanization, as well as the disappearing family unit and community social structures, more and more youth find themselves without social supports, adequate nurturing from parents, and the ability to function in school settings. At the same time, they may experience a growing dependency on drugs and alcohol. Without a strong family unit, at-risk teens are attracted to the street gang “family” lifestyle.

>>>> Sean’s comment …

As the next Sheriff of Iredell County I will be involved more in the school system than any other Sheriff has EVER been in Iredell county. My office will partner with other agencies, non-profits, businesses and churches to be proactive in the lives of our children. We have the responsibility to raise our children the right way, staying involved in their lives and not turning a blind eye. As a father, coach, youth group leader, law enforcement officer I have been working with young men and women for many years now. Education, rehabilitation and assessment programs are essential for life change and reducing crime and my office will focus in on that. As I have said from day one “I WILL REDUCE CRIME BY CHANGING LIVES” These children are our future and I will work hard to provide EVERY child a BRIGHT future!!!!!


Dear Campaign Supporters:

It gives me great pleasure and honor to announce to all my supporters that on May 30, 2014 the Iredell County Board of Elections notified our campaign staff and stated I have been officially certified as an Unaffiliated Candidate to run for Sheriff of Iredell County in the November 4th general election. The qualifying task of obtaining the required 4,378 petition signatures now provides Iredell County voters with a unique opportunity to change the Sheriff’s office from a political organization into a service department, serving ALL of the residents of Iredell County.

I personally want to thank every single person for their time, efforts and support to my campaign and its success this year. I also would like to thank all the volunteers for your relentless work in presenting not only my petition to the Iredell County residents, but also my vision, which will bring much needed change in Iredell County. Furthermore, I want to thank all of the citizens that took the time to listen to me and my campaign team and asked many questions, voiced their concerns, and expressed the need for change. I’m thankful for all the comments, questions and concerns because this allows me to focus in on what changes need to be made and incorporated within the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.

Please remember that one of my major goals is to take the politics out of the sheriff’s office. By accomplishing this goal WE can turn a political organization into the true service department it was organized to be, one that serves All of the community. I look forward to the many upcoming opportunities to meet and listen to the concerns of the citizens of this county. This is a very exciting time not only for me, my family and friends but for the citizens of Iredell County. We have an opportunity to make history by taking the politics out. Let’s lead the way and show the world that it’s not about politics, but it’s about a community and its future, it’s about the families that live here, the businesses that operate here and the safety and security of all its citizens.

Thank you again for your overwhelming support, without all of you this could not be possible.

God Bless America.

Sean M. Schutt

Unaffiliated Candidate for Sheriff




Sean Schutt believes an effective Iredell County Sheriff has to know the people to know what changes must be made ….  he has spent his career in law enforcement doing just that.  In his time spent as a Law enforcement officer, Sean has embedded himself with the citizens of Iredell County in his role as Detective Sergeant over the Domestic Violence Unit, as well as community leader and volunteer. 

Sean and his wife Eva live in Mooresville with their four children, Sean 16, Jaden 12, Jason 8 and Landon 4.  The family is active in the community as well as the churches they serve and the families they help.  Sean’s faith based mission to reduce crime by changing lives is evident in his many community activities. He is the Executive Director of Food for the Soul, a nonprofit organization.  Food for the Soul provides and delivers meals to Iredell County citizens in need and at the same time educates the community on all the resources available here in the county.  Sean also works tirelessly with the Mooresville Soup Kitchen and the local Shelter organizing events and promoting the needs of such county programs.  As head of the county’s domestic violence unit, Sean worked closely with the local police agencies, the Domestic Violence Shelter, Statesville and Mooresville Teen Pregnancy Center and SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) providing ministry through numerous clothing and food drives.  Through his own children, he worked with the Cove Church to develop the Wave Athletic Program and has coached for the Lakeshore Youth Athletic Association, Pine Lake Prep and the YMCA. 

Sean Schutt has not only worked for Iredell County but he has worked in Iredell County getting to know citizens’ issues and concerns and from that developing solutions.

Sean Schutt will focus in on education and rehabilitation to reduce crime by CHANGING lives.

Vote for Sean Schutt in November and help direct Iredell County in a new and improved direction.


  • Sean has had a huge positive impact on our family for many years. From being our son's baseball coach, to being the person our son wanted to perform his baptism, to helping our family during times of need and celebrating with us during the good times. I have known Sean for 9 years and he has ALWAYS been honest, trustworthy, hardworking, driven and a person we could count on no matter what. I truly believe our county will be a better place if he becomes Sheriff! –Michelle McKay

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