M 2012 Idaho General Election

Kootenai County Sheriff, Kootenai County

About this race

Voters in Kootenai County will elect their first new sheriff in 13 years with the retirement of Sheriff Rocky Watson. Four candidates on the Nov. 6 ballot are vying for the job of the county‚Äôs top law enforcement officer. The sheriff serves a four-year term. The salary is $84,873, not including benefits. Jail overcrowding, retention of deputies and the department budget are top issues in the race.

Last updated: Nov. 14, 2 p.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Ben Wolfinger (R) 39,739 72.46%
Bob Foster (I) 8,238 15.02%
Tom Dickson (I) 3,584 6.53%
Joe Bodman (I) 3,284 5.99%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

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Major Ben’s Weekly Warrant Roundup

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