Tuesday’s election resulted in a Aug. 26 Democratic run-off being set in the race for Pottawatomie County sheriff, while Republicans picked a sheriff nominee to advance to the November general election.


Tuesday’s election resulted in a Aug. 26 Democratic run-off being set in the race for Pottawatomie County sheriff, while Republicans picked a sheriff nominee to advance to the November general election.
On the Democratic side, incumbent Sheriff Kurt Shirey, 56, Tecumseh, and Mike Booth, 52, McLoud, advance to the run-off election. The elected nominee in that race will face Republican Jerry Farris, 46, Wanette, in November. Farris won the GOP nomination Tuesday with 1,102 votes, or 56.51 percent of the vote.
“It’s a big relief, but the battle gets even bigger now,” Farris said by phone Tuesday night from his watch party. “I plan to fight as hard as I can for the citizens.”
Farris, who said he’s devoted his life to law enforcement, added that he wants to get out and meet more people.
“I’m tickled pink to make it this far,” he said. Farris’ opponent, Republican Chris Hurley, 47, Shawnee, had 848 votes, or 43.49 percent. Hurley could not be reached for comment.
On the Democratic side, there were four candidates vying for the nomination.
Shirey had 2,282 votes, or 45.51 percent, while Booth had 1,648 votes, or 32.87 percent. They go to a run-off because neither candidate had more than 50 percent of the vote.
Challengers Gary D. Roe, 46, police chief in McLoud, had 610 votes, or 12.17 percent, while Jay Hoyt Davis, 53, Shawnee, a retired Shawnee police officer, had 474 votes, or 9.45 percent.
Shirey, who has been sheriff for six years, also is a retired Shawnee police officer. From his watch party in Tecumseh, Shirey told the News-Star he expected there could be a run-off with so many candidates in the primary.
“We’ll carry on and we’ll continue to run a positive campaign and a clean race,” Shirey said. “We still feel like folks realize the positive things you do and we feel we do a lot of them. We’ll see what happens Aug. 26.”
Booth, currently a district attorney’s investigator, is a former sheriff’s deputy and Navy officer. Booth was happy upon hearing news of advancing to the run-off.
“This gave me a boost of energy — now it’s time to get started and kick it up a notch,” Booth said, complimenting everyone who is supporting his campaign. “We’re ready to start tomorrow.”
Despite his loss in the race, Roe said he wouldn’t change anything about his clean campaign.
“I’m proud of every vote of I got,” Roe said. “I got to visit with a lot of people I hadn’t seen in years and make a lot of new friends.”
Roe said he’s happy as chief at McLoud and that’s where he’ll stay, although he said he may consider running for sheriff again in four years.
Come November, Roe said he hopes the voters of Pottawatomie County get what they need in a sheriff.
Even though Roe and Davis were Democratic opponents in this race, the two are friends. Roe said Davis stopped by his watch party Tuesday night to await results.
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Kim Morava may be reached at 214-3962 or kimberly.morava@news-star.com.