MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County’s registered Republicans voted to support Miami County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dave Duchak as their candidate to challenge independent candidate and former Chief Deputy Joe Mahan in the November general election.
According to unofficial results, Duchak earned 34 percent of the vote; Paul Reece with 30 percent; Chris Anderson with 24 percent and Steve Cooper with 12 percent.
The last unofficial results showed Duchak with 7,822 votes and Reece with 6,875 votes as of press time.
“According to preliminary results, it appears that I’ve won the primary. I was expecting the race to be close. Anytime you have four candidates for one office, it splits the pie. I’m just very appreciative of the support for those who voted for me. I’m appreciative of Sheriff (Charles) Cox and his wife Lynn and the entire staff at the sheriff’s office who do a great job day in and day out. And I thank my family for their support,” Duchak said Tuesday evening. “I look forward to the board of elections for the final results and I look forward to being the Republican nominee in the fall.”
Last year, Sheriff Charles Cox announced he would not seek an eighth term in office. Mahan ran for sheriff in 2008 and lost to Sheriff Cox.
On Friday, Mahan reported that he had submitted nominating petitions containing 411 signatures to the Miami County Board of Elections, seeking certification of his candidacy to run as an independent candidate for the office of Miami County Sheriff.
“As I have previously stated, I have chosen to run as an Independent candidate, not aligning myself with any one group or interest within our community. I stand by my steadfast belief that the Sheriff needs to be the voice of, and advocate on behalf of everyone in the community, not only a select few,” Mahan said in a press release.