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Familiar Faces In Sheriff’s Contest

Incumbent Butler will run against former office-holder Burgoyne

May 9, 2012
By SHELLEY HANSON Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - Ohio County Sheriff Pat Butler will face off against former sheriff Tom Burgoyne during the November general election.

During Tuesday's primary, Butler was competing against fellow Republican John Powell. Butler received 2,151 votes, while Powell captured 1,283 votes.

Meanwhile, on the Democrat ticket, Burgoyne defeated George Fahey in a 2,666 to 1,962 decision, according to unofficial vote totals.

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Both Butler and Burgoyne said all elections are tough races.

"You never take one for granted," Butler said, noting his primary opponent, Powell, ran a good campaign.

Butler said he was grateful for the people who voted for him.

"Now it's back to business as usual - as sheriff," he said.

Butler, 61, was serving as Burgoyne's chief deputy when he succeeded Burgoyne four years ago. He has worked in law enforcement for 37 years.

Burgoyne, 71, thanked his campaign staff for their hard work.

"We worked hard, we didn't just sit back," Burgoyne said of his campaigners.

Burgoyne said if he wins in November, he plans to pick up where he left off in the past as sheriff - taking down criminals and working with children.

"I'm going to try and make it a better place," Burgoyne said of Ohio County.

Burgoyne served as sheriff from 2001-08. The state constitution limits sheriffs to serving no more than two consecutive terms in office; however, a proposed constitutional amendment would remove that term limit. Mountain State residents get to vote on the amendment in the November general election.

Burgoyne worked with the FBI in various cities across the country, including Wheeling. During his time with the FBI in Wheeling, he served as coordinator of the Drug Task Force.

Lately, he has worked as a private investigator.

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