In a close race, Rodney Wright became the Republican Party's nominee for Saline County sheriff by defeating Simon Haynes in Tuesday's primary election runoff.
Wright won the nomination by only 197 votes.
Wright drew 4,997 votes, or 51.01 percent of the total, and Haynes drew 4,800 votes, representing 48.99 percent.
"I feel great because I know that at the end of the day, I've worked hard and I have run a clean and positive campaign," Wright said.
He expressed appreciation to his supporters.
"Last night was truly memorable and very humbling," he said. "I look forward to November."
Wright has developed a five-point plan for Saline County. The plan includes making fighting drugs and crime the top priority, establishing cooperation within all law enforcement agencies, closing the resource gaps that exist, embracing citizen communication using all platforms and making professionalism the standard operating procedure, he said.
"I look forward to working on the issues that have been brought to my attention," he said. "The voters have really shown up for this runoff, which I am happy to see. It means that they truly care about the future of law enforcement in our county."
Wright will face the Democratic Party's nominee, Rodney Goshien in the November general election.
To receive the Republican Party nomination, Wright had to defeat out six other candidates: Haynes, Kevin Cooper, Daniel Dodson, E.J. Harris, Tim Dudderar and Bruce Pennington.
Haynes told the Courier he would comment on the outcome of the election, but at press time had not done so.