The Edmond Sun

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June 27, 2012

Bauman, McHand win Logan Co. sheriff primaries

EDMOND — In Logan County Sheriff’s race, incumbent Jim Bauman is one step closer to being re-elected.

Bauman won the Republican nomination Tuesday night against challenger Randy Richardson, 60, though back-and-forth results made things tense at first for both the Guthrie men.

With 19 of 22 precincts reporting, or about 86 percent, Richardson was ahead with about 61 percent of the vote and a lead of 632 to 391, according to unofficial Oklahoma State Election Board results.

But Bauman gained ground as the 3,342 votes from all 22 precincts came in. He won with 1,779 votes — 53.23 percent — to Richardson’s 1,563 — 46.77 percent.

Robert Groseclose, Logan County Sheriff Chief Deputy and spokesman, said Bauman was honored to receive the go-ahead from the electorate.

“Honestly, a whole lot of humility and being blessed and thankful that the citizens have seen how far we’ve come in the last four years to make their streets safer,” Groseclose said. “Tonight’s vote showed that.”

The tension was heightened as the state election board ran into some software troubles that delayed reporting late into the evening, leaving results stagnant.

“There was a lot of confusion,” Richardson said. “I wasn’t knowing exactly what was going on.”

Richardson, who served as Logan County Sheriff from 2000 to 2008, congratulated Bauman, saying the race was a tough one.

“Everybody that helped me out worked very hard,” Richardson said. “From knocking on doors to putting up signs to standing in the heat today.

“I just want to thank everybody that voted for me and helped me out during the campaign.”

Although Bauman won the night Tuesday, Groseclose said there’s still work to do as the campaign continues against the Democratic primary winner Ben McHand from Guthrie.

McHand beat fellow democrat Cheryl Belk with a vote of 483 to 438, or 52.44 percent to 47.56 percent, according to election board results.

Attempts to contact McHand through his Facebook campaign page were unsuccessful, but his page biography showed him as a retired Oklahoma Highway Patrolman who graduated from Sallisaw High School in 1983.

McHand and Bauman will face off in the Nov. 6 general election.

But for Bauman, the strategy remains the same.

“We’ll keep working hard showing the citizens of the county what we’ll do and we’ll show what progress we’ve made and what progress will continue to be made,” Groseclose said.

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