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Paul ‘Moe’ Pritt wins Republican nominee for sheriff of Preston County


Although the votes aren’t final until the canvass is completed, candidates for Preston sheriff took time Wednesday to thank their supporters.

Three Republicans and one Democrat vied for the job of Preston County sheriff.

Republican Paul “Moe” Pritt received 3,084 votes, Jason Peaslee 2,064, and Joel Gordon 801.

Democrat Arnold Tichnell was unopposed and received 1,916 votes.

Pritt said he appreciated the overwhelming support he received.

“I am humbled and honored to be elected as the Republican nominee for sheriff of Preston County,” he said. “I am very grateful and look forward to the next phase of the election process as well as continuing to work for the betterment of our citizens and all Preston County. Thank you all.”

Peaslee did not respond in time for this report. However, he posted the following on his Facebook page, Jason Peaslee for Sheriff: “It is always unfortunate when something doesn’t go the way you had hoped for. I want to say thank you to everyone who supported me and my family. Your support mattered and we gave it the best shot we could.

“You guys worked hard to spread the word and I want to thank you. To all my volunteers who worked the campaign you were a blessing.

“To my advisory board, you are some of the best officers I have ever met and it is unfortunate Preston County will not benefit from your expertise. Thanks again and stay safe in these troubling times!”

On his Facebook page, Gordon wrote: “I am extraordinarily proud of the campaign we ran. Despite limited resources, we were able to run a campaign through the midst of a global pandemic and historic quarantine/stay-at-home order.

“Thank you again for helping us to run a decent and honorable campaign!”

Tichnell was unopposed as the Democratic nominee for Preston sheriff. The person who answered the phone number provided on his candidate filing said it was a business and they did not know him. Other attempts to reach him for comment were also unsuccessful.

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