Haynes happy with his campaign

Republican candidate for Saline County sheriff Simon Haynes was defeated by opposing GOP candidate Rodney Wright on Tuesday during a runoff election. Despite losing, Haynes said he was happy with his campaign.

"Thanks to my family and my supports for a great run," he said. "I am very proud of the professional and positive campaign that we ran."

Haynes hopes to continue to help the county grow.

"I want to thank everyone that supported me throughout the campaign. This has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have met some truly amazing people in Saline County and have made new friends that will last a lifetime," Haynes said. "I was very passionate about this because I care about our community. We need a professionally run Sheriff's Office. I wish both the candidates left good luck and hope that one of them can restore the community's trust in the sheriff's office.

Haynes drew 48.99 percent of the votes, falling to Wright, 4,997-4,800.

Haynes earned 47 more votes than Wright in the May preferential primary election , but only received 29.81 percent of the vote. Wright earned 29.49 percent in the primary.