Jeff Easter Wins Primary Race For Sedwick County Sheriff

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UPDATE: Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sedgwick County Sheriff Candidate Jeff Easter credits a good grassroots campaign for his victory.

The Wichita police captain says it was the shooting death of his brother sheriff deputy Kevin Easter 16 years ago that inspired him to run for sheriff. Easter says a recent jail sex scandal played a role in the campaign against incumbent sheriff Bob Hinshaw.

"The jail issues came up in April, and I will deal with that if I do become sheriff," said Easter Tuesday night.

A jail deputy was recently arrested and charged with sex crimes against inmates. Easter criticized the way Hinshaw ahndled the investigation.

Easter will face Democrat Jeff Weinman in the general election in November.

UPDATE: Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sheriff Robert Hinshaw tells KAKE's Parrish Alleman that it appears that voters have chosen a new sheriff, after the county election office posted preliminary results.

The Sedgwick County election office posted advanced voting and walk-in results around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday. Preliminary results showed his challenger, Jeff Easter with a sizable lead.

Easter had 6013 votes to Hinshaw's 2414. The size of the margin continued to grow.

"It's clear Sedgwick Co. Voters have chosen Capt. Easter as the republican candidate," Hinshaw told KAKE's Parrish Alleman.

Easter thanked his supporters in Downtown Wichita. He told the crowd he would achieve his goal of becoming Sedgwick County Sheriff.

Hinshaw left his watch party around 10:30 p.m., saying he would wait until Wednesday morning to release additional comments.

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