Verlon Southwick

Southwick

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SHOSHONE — The only candidate on the ballot won a narrow victory in the Lincoln County sheriff’s race Tuesday night.

Republican nominee Rene Rodriguez got 809 votes, according to the county’s unofficial results. Cresley McConnell, a county commissioner who ran a write-in campaign for the sheriff’s job, got 736 votes, and Verlon Southwick, a former Lincoln County deputy, got 70 write-in votes.

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McConnell and Southwick challenged Rodriguez, who is a sergeant with the Shoshone Police Department, along with two other candidates in the Republican primary in May, and they ran as write-ins in the general election. Rodriguez will succeed Sheriff Kevin Ellis, who is retiring.

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