Schiefelbein elected attorney, Paul as recorder
By Kristen Miller
Come January, Brian Cruze will be the new sheriff in Meeker County, after he won by 128 votes over his challenger, Jon Thoma.
Cruze, a member of the Meeker County Sheriff’s department for 20 years and current narcotics investigator, said in statement early Wednesday morning, “I am very honored to have received the trust of the Meeker County voters in today’s election to be your next sheriff.”
Cruze and Thoma were neck-and-neck as the precincts came in Tuesday night after the polls closed. Cruze, however, came through in the end, obtaining 4,524 votes of the county’s 30 precincts. Thoma received 4,396.
Cruze continued, “I’ve appreciated the opportunity to meet and visit with so many county residents about the department during my campaign, and I look forward to meeting even more of you during my new duties as your sheriff.
“My work now begins, as I prepare to build upon my campaign goals of making a good department even better and to create a department more open and responsive to the people of Meeker County,” Cruze concluded.
The office of sheriff is a four-year term.
See the graph for a precinct breakdown from the Enterprise Dispatch coverage area.
Other county seats
Kingston’s Brandi Scheifelbein won the election for county attorney, receiving 3,663 more votes than Dassel’s Chad Miller.
Scheifelbein received a total of 6,187 votes, while Miller received 2,524. See the precint breakdowns.
Incumbent Barb Loch will remain county auditor, as she won over challenger Wayne Lopez by 3,744 votes.
Christine (Anderson) Paul was elected the new county auditor, winning over Priscilla Mumford by 1,421 votes. See the print edition for the precinct breakdowns for these and other local races.