BENTON -- Scott County voters chose during Tuesday's primary election to keep their current sheriff in place for the next four years.
On the Democratic ballot -- and not facing opposition from any other party -- Rick Walter defeated his challenger, Paul A. Johnson, 2,047 votes to 526 votes, and will continue as the sheriff.
"When you win an election, it's an honor," Walter said after hearing the final totals Tuesday at the courthouse in Benton.
Walter said to win by the margin he did was very reassuring to him that Scott County residents believe in the job he's doing.
"I don't do this job by myself," Walter said, adding his staff deserves much credit as well as family and friends who helped with his campaign. "... I'm excited. This is the first time I have not had to face an opponent in the general election."
Nearly 27 percent, or 7,153, of Scott County's registered voters exercised their rights Tuesday.
"I'm glad it was at least that; I just wish it would have been more," said Scott County Clerk Rita Milam about the percentage of voter turnout.
Overall, Milam said she was pleased with Tuesday's election. Elections require a lot of work, and she appreciates the election judges and everyone who helps make the elections possible, she said.
Milam also noted residents who want to vote in the November election and are not registered have until Oct. 10 to do so. She also said anyone who has a change of address or name change should contact her office immediately in order to vote in the upcoming Presidential election.
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