With 54 percent of the vote, Sam Steger defeated incumbent William Marcum Tuesday night in the Calloway County Sheriff's race. Marcum has served as Calloway’s 61st sheriff since 2007. Steger says it was a tough campaign, made harder by his friendship with Marcum.
“I have such a good relationship with Bill and he’s a good friend of mine, so you know, that’s been tough to deal with," said Steger. "But, all in all, it feels really good. Hopefully if I can get past the next step in November to, that I’ll be able to, hopefully, to do some good work with our sheriff’s office and implement some good things for our county.”
If elected as Sheriff in November, Steger would focus on tackling Calloway’s drug problem, reducing personal crimes, and making the best training available to deputies.
Steger will face off against Republican Greg Dunning. Dunning and Steger also face a potential third candidate. The Calloway County Clerk reports that Independent William Dowdy has also filed a statement of candidacy. Independents have until August to officially file for a run at office, although a letter of intent must be filed with the County Clerk in April.
Fulton County will see Robert Hopper return as sheriff. Hopper took 62 percent of the vote to win against John Amberg. According to documents posted on John Amberg’s campaign Facebook page, Sheriff Hopper discharged Deputy Sheriff John Amberg December 1, 2013, claiming that Amberg had not attended a mandatory training course. Amberg appealed the decision, claiming a physician had restricted him from attending the training based on his medical condition. The decision was reversed. Amberg stated on Facebook that he holds nothing against Sheriff Hopper.
Carlisle County will see Steve Perry return for a second term as Sheriff. Perry took 62.5 percent of the vote to win against Joel Davis.
Carey Batts won the race for Ballard County Sheriff with 29 percent of the vote. Ronnie Giles took 28 percent, Trent Grief took 20 percent, and Joe Gaia took 21 percent of the vote respectively.
Kent Murphy beat Robert Harris 85 percent to 15 percent.