The general election contest for Marshall County sheriff is set, as current Chief Deputy Sheriff Kevin Cecil, a Democrat, won handily in Tuesday's primary and will take on Patrick Mull, who ran unopposed on the Republican ticket, in November.
Cecil, 47, received 2,899 votes, while Democrat challengers Jerry Andrews and John Ebbert received 927 and 715 votes, respectively. Cecil said he did not know what to expect in Tuesday's election, but he is flattered by the outcome.
"I am so thankful that everyone took my background and experience into consideration," he said.
Mull, 56, received 1,783 votes in the uncontested Republican race. He said he was not surprised by the outcome of the Democrat primary, as Marshall County voters tend to vote for law enforcement experience.
Mull, himself, brings 30 years of law enforcement experience to the table, while Cecil has been working in the field for more than 20 years. Mull previously worked for the sheriff's department, including a stint as chief deputy.
In the November primary, Mull said he expects the race to come down to whether voters want to see change in the sheriff's department.
''I know both (Andrews and Ebbert) ran because they felt there needed to be changes, and so do I," he said, adding more focus needs to be placed on patrol of the more rural areas of the county and the relationship with the community needs to be strengthened.
Cecil said he will continue the department's policy of interacting with and informing the public, and added the county's prescription drug abuse and sex crime problems will be a priority if he is elected in November.
"This (job) means everything to me, and I won't let (the citizens) down," he said.