Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Curry won more than enough votes Tuesday to retain his position as sheriff. Despite facing two write-in candidates, Curry gathered 85 percent of the votes in the general election. The write-in candidates, Philip Brown and Byron Goracke, both of Ottawa, began their campaigns against Curry about two weeks ago.
Unofficial results report that write-in votes accounted for about 14 percent of the votes in the general election. The write-in votes did not necessarily go to Brown or Goracke. Vote totals for the write-in candidates won’t be counted until an official canvassing of votes, set for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 15 at the Franklin County Courthouse, 315 S. Main St., Ottawa.
Curry, who has served as sheriff since 2010, received 7,644 total votes in the general election, according the unofficial results released by the Franklin County elections officer. There was a total of 1,266 write-in votes in the general election.