NEW CUMBERLAND - Democratic candidate Ralph Fletcher will face off against Republican nominee Ron Haggerty for the position of Hancock County sheriff.
Fletcher racked in 43 percent of the Democratic votes Tuesday with 1,977 over his opponents, Ted Dragisich, who came in with 1,511 votes; and Ken Thorn, with 1,098 votes.
Haggerty defeated Creston Kennedy and George Village with 966 of the Republican votes as opposed to the 200 that went to Kennedy and the 272 that went to Village.
Fletcher said he was pleased with the results. He said he is thankful to the people who helped him get to this point including his family, friends and supporters who helped him get his message out to the public. He said he looks forward to the opportunity to become the next sheriff of Hancock County.
"I'm glad to see all who went out to vote for whomever they deemed worthy of their vote," he said. "I hope to continue to have the support of the people as we move forward in this election."
Fletcher said winning the primary is not the end of an election but the start of another one. He said he is looking forward to a positive campaign where he will continue to work hard to show he's the right man for the job and offered luck to his opponent.
Haggerty too expressed thanks to the voters. He said he was pleased with the turnout and hopes there is another good turnout for the general election.
"I will do everything I can to make sure the citizens of Hancock County get the kind of law enforcement they deserve," Haggerty said.
Hancock County Clerk Eleanor Straight announced the unofficial results for the election around midnight after some technical difficulties. She said the canvassing of votes will begin on Monday.