2014-05-08 / Front Page

Field Of Seven Narrowed To Two In Race To Become Next Sheriff Of Owen County

Democratic Race Was Determined By Just 31 Ballots, GOP By 236
by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer


Democratic nominee Greg Denny, center, shakes hands with supporter Bobby Bandy as current sheriff Chester Richardson III looks on Tuesday night. (Staff Photo) Democratic nominee Greg Denny, center, shakes hands with supporter Bobby Bandy as current sheriff Chester Richardson III looks on Tuesday night. (Staff Photo) The field of seven vying for the opportunity to represent their party in November to become the next Owen County Sheriff was whittled down to two Tuesday night with Democrat Greg Denny and Republican Sam Hobbs earning primary election wins.

Denny’s tally of 373 was just 31 votes ahead of Democratic challenger Mike Swafford, while Richard Foutch and Darin Crum were separate by just two ballots, 328 and 326, respectively. Denny earned wins in five precincts; Harrison by eight votes, Jackson by two, Jefferson by three, Marion by 12, and Morgan by three. He came away with tie votes in Clay 2 and Montgomery.

“The biggest thing is everybody’s support, I can’t thank people enough... it makes you glad to live where you live,” Denny said. “I’ll just continue to work hard; I wouldn’t be where I’m at today without my wife and kids, they worked just as hard as I did.”

Republican nominee Sam Hobbs acknowledges a win in Tuesday’s primary election as daughter, Cora, looks on with a smile. (Staff Photo) Republican nominee Sam Hobbs acknowledges a win in Tuesday’s primary election as daughter, Cora, looks on with a smile. (Staff Photo) Republican nominee Sam Hobbs handily defeated challengers Scott Carmichael and Eric Frey, who were separated by just six votes, 499 to 493. Hobbs’ margin of victory was 236 votes in an election that saw nearly 400 more Republican ballots drawn than Democrat.

Hobbs earned wins in 11 of the 18 precincts, including Clay 1, Clay 2, Franklin, Harrison, Jefferson, Montgomery, Washington I, Washington II, Washington III, Washington IV and Wayne II.

“First I have to give all the glory and credit to God. If it wasn’t for Him, I wouldn’t be in the position I am today. God’s good, has been and always will be. I also have to thank my wife, Michelle; my whole family has been the backbone through the whole thing. You can’t do it without them supporting you,” Hobbs said. “I have to thank everybody for their support, help, loyalty and faith. Victory is great, but it’s just one step, we have crossed one hurdle and we have another to go through. It’s not going to be easy, Greg has been around for a long time and we have to give him credit for his long tenure he’s had. I do think that looking at the votes and where people were at, I think it’s going to be an excellent race, probably down to the wire. I’m just thankful for the opportunity. The community is where the real support comes from and it’s going to take a commitment from the sheriff’s administration and the community to focus on the things that we need to take care of in our county, which is to provide everybody living here a better place to live.”

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