Area counties all had contested races for sheriff Tuesday.
In the primary race for Jasper County sheriff, Dan Cheadle more than doubled the votes his Republican competitor, John Curtis, received to clench the nomination. Cheadle received 659 votes while Smith received 302 votes in the Republican race. Cheadle will face Rick Britton, who ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination, in the general election in November.
Other Jasper County races were much closer. Dunstin Granby narrowly edged out Angela Fehrenbacher, 165 votes to 155, for the Democratic nomination for Jasper County Board District 2. He will run against unopposed Republican Ron Heltsley in November. For the third district county board seat, Danny Kerner beat Jeffrey Smithenry by eight votes, 163 to 155.
In the Shelby County race for sheriff, Democrat Dean Koonce narrowly defeated fellow Democratic incumbent Michael Miller by 5 percentage points. Koonce received 1,582 votes while Miller received 1,455.
In the race for Fayette County sheriff, Republican Chris Smith defeated his conservative competition by a noticeable margin, receiving over 40 percent of the vote. Smith received 1,173 votes, followed by Bruce Bowen, who received 727 votes, Brad Ledbetter, who received 590 and Brent Ellis who received 295.
Also in Fayette County, Vicky Conder defeated her Republican competitor Barbara Schaal, 1,525 to 1,102, for the nomination for county clerk. Conder will face unopposed Democratic candidate Kelly A. Taylor in the general election.