Burchett leading Garman in race for Clark County Sheriff

Incumbent Deborah Burchett, left, is facing Russell Garman, right, in November's race for Clark County Sheriff.
Incumbent Deborah Burchett, left, is facing Russell Garman, right, in November's race for Clark County Sheriff.

Incumbent Deborah Burchett is leading Democratic challenger Russell Garman in the race for Clark County Sheriff.

According to the Clark County Board of Elections, Burchett is leading with 59.84% of the vote, while Garman has 40.26% in early returns.

These results are expected to change as more ballots are counted through Nov. 18. We will continue to update these results as more ballots are counted.

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Burchett was elected sheriff in 2016 after defeating 30-year incumbent Democrat Gene Kelly. With her election, she became the first female sheriff in county history and only the third female sheriff in the state of Ohio.

Garman defeated Mike Varner, his party challenger, in the primary election. Burchett had no challenger in the primary.

The Clark County Sheriff is in charge of nearly 200 county employees who are represented by four unions. Since 2008, the salary of the sheriff has been set at $84,523, according to the county auditor’s office.

The position oversees a roughly $15 million general-fund budget — the largest general fund budget in the county.

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