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Chief Deputy Eric King, Republican candidate for Oregon County Sheriff

Chief Deputy Eric King, Republican candidate for Oregon County Sheriff

Oregon County SheriffAlton, Mo — In the Oregon County Sheriff’s primary race for the Republican nod, Chief Deputy Eric King Tuesday won the nomination against second time contender and former Alton Police Chief and former Los Angeles police officer Kevin Jotz.
Responding to his victory on Facebook Tuesday night King said “thank you everyone for all the help and support.” Later he said, “I’m very humbled & proud at the same time by the turnout & support of the voters of our county. Be sure I will do my best to live up to & earn the trust & support that has been given.”
In unofficial election returns reported by the Oregon County Clerk’s office Tuesday night, King drew 72.67 per cent of the vote or 1,853 votes to Jotz’s 27.33 per cent of the vote or 697 votes. Twenty-two Republicans voting did not cast a vote in that contest.
In November King will face Democratic candidate for sheriff Robert Dyer, who was unopposed and received 199 votes in the primary. A total of 350 Democratic ballots were cast.
King has been Chief Deputy since 2001 and has been with the sheriff’s department for 23 years.
In 2012 Jotz lost his Republican primary bid to David Bailey, then Thayer police chief and former Missouri State Highway Patrolman. Incumbent Democrat George Underwood won re-election in November 2012. Underwood had defeated Mike Barton — a sergeant in the Ripley County Sheriff’s office, former Alton Police Chief and former Oregon County deputy — in the 2012 Democratic primary. Underwood did not seek re-election this year.
With 6,972 registered voters in the county, a total of 2,925 votes, 41.95 percent, were cast.

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