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Kamatchus re-elected sheriff by 3,000 votes

Price leaves door open to run again

November 7, 2012
By MIKE DONAHEY - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Sheriff Ted Kamatchus said his heart and soul is in law enforcement.

Marshall County voters believed him, re-electing the Republican by a margin of more than 3,000 votes over Democrat challenger Randy Price.

With all 19 county precincts reporting, Kamatchus received 10, 692 votes, or 59 percent, to Price's 7,540, or 41 percent, according to unofficial totals released by the Marshall County Auditor's office.

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"I want to thank my opponent for running a fair campaign, and want to thank the citizens of Marshall County for their support," Kamatchus said.

Price was the first Democrat to oppose Kamatchus since James Stewart, of State Center, in 1988, and overall, said he was pleased with his totals.

"I wanted to be at 42 percent, and it looks like I came close," he said.

Price, who served as a deputy under Kamatchus for nine years, left the door open to another run.

"If the sheriff retires in four years, I'll consider trying again," he said.

Kamatchus ran a low-key campaign which cited his 25 years experience and ability to work with Democrats and Independents.

It paid off.

He received the endorsement of Local 248 Teamsters, a group noted for Democrat leanings.

It also stressed his success in securing federal grants to strengthen law enforcement initiatives in the county.

"I've never considered public safety a partisan issue," Kamatchus said. "My staff and I work for all the people of Marshall County. The sheriff's role is to enforce the law, not to create it, so it shouldn't matter if one is a Democrat or Republican."

Price ran on a platform of changes and said he could do a better job. He also claimed Kamatchus's frequent traveling to secure grants made him inaccessible to residents.

With his re-election, Kamatchus joins Supervisor Deanne Adams as the two longest-serving Marshall County elected officials.



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