Incumbents held on through the primary Tuesday, setting the stage for a few contested local races in the November general election.
Incumbent Laclede County Sheriff Richard Wrinkle fought off three Republican challengers to win a chance at a fourth term. He’ll face the pick of the Democrats, Wayne Merritt, in November.
Wrinkle said he is pleased with the results and also with the way the race was handled by all the candidates.
“There was no one person taking personal shots at anybody. They were talking about what their plans will be if they became sheriff,” Wrinkle said.
Wrinkle faced three opponents in the race, all with several years of experience, he said.
“Everybody worked their campaigns and tried to get their ideas across to the people,” Wrinkle said.
Merritt faced opposition from two candidates and, like others, said it was a clean race. He said he intends to run his campaign for the general election in the same manner. He said he and Wrinkle have worked together in the past and he realizes that they have two different styles.
“I’m going to keep it professional and stick to the facts,” Merritt said.
He also said that there were 4,000 votes for the other candidates running on both ballots, and he will now focus on winning those votes in November.
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