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ELECTION: No rematch in sheriff's race come November
Updated on: 05.06.14

There will be no rematch this November in the Brown County sheriff's race.

Scott Southerland secured the Republican nomination over Brad Stogsdill by a margin of 16 votes.

Stogsdill came that close to facing incumbent Rick Followell for a second time.

He lost to Followell by 46 votes in the 2010 general election. Stogsdill had hoped to succeed his father, the late Robert "Buck" Stogsdill, as sheriff.

Vote totals tallied just before 10 p.m. May 6 showed Southerland receiving 730 votes to Stogsdill’s 714. Mike Adams got 430 votes.

Followell won 743 to 329 over William “Bill” Staples on the Democrat ticket.

“Of course, we’re all pleased. We’ve worked hard,” Southerland said, referring to the campaigning he and his supporters did every day for three months leading up to the primary.

When approached, Stogsdill said, “I’m not ready for a statement.”

When the vote totals were announced inside the conference room of the Brown County Inn, Stogsdill hung his head. He received many hugs, including a tight embrace from his mother, Glenda Stogsdill. He wiped an occasional tear from his face.

On a night of celebration, Southerland appeared torn.

“I feel for Brad. I feel his pain. I wish there was something I could do to ease it, but there’s not,” Southerland said. “He’s been a friend of mine for many years. I hate to see any co-worker or friend hurting like he is hurting, which hurts me.”

As the vote totals began arriving, Followell began pulling away from Staples. With victory in sight, he sported a bright smile at the Democrats' gathering at The Seasons. He had wife, Kay, and their daughter Honna by his side throughout the night.

“I want to thank everybody for all the support they’ve given me. It is just a true honor to be the sheriff of Brown County. I’ll never forget this experience in my life and hope to continue another four years to serve all the county’s people,” Followell said.

Followell offered congratulations to Southerland. He said he looks forward to working with the detective as police officers on the same department, and to running a good race.

“We will continue to serve the people as we have been. We will work hard in the campaign, as well, to be re-elected,” Followell said.

Southerland called for no negative campaigning leading up to the Nov. 4 general election.

“I would like to see no personal attacks. We all know it has been occurring,” he said. “I don’t see where anybody really benefits from that. Tearing down one candidate to try to make another look better seems to me a lose-lose situation.”

Staples shook Followell’s hand and congratulated him. He pledged his support to him.

“Obviously, I’m disappointed,” Staples said. “I think I worked harder than anybody else, but you can’t fault the voters. The voters have spoken.”

Staples, who quit his job three months ago to campaign full time, called for the Democratic Party to unite in an attempt to secure Followell another four years as sheriff.

Southerland said after regrouping, he wants to focus on winning in November. He also wants Stogsdill's police experience and expertise.

“Obviously, Brad Stogsdill is a good man. He ran a good race and had a lot of support. To make this sheriff’s department the best that we can, I’m going to need him. He’s a big part of it,” he said.

Adams could not be reached for comment.

-- Kevin Lilly, Brown County Democrat

Obituaries
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Joyce Reskin, 99, Nashville
  Mother of Laurie Embry of Nashville

Alva L. Miller, 81, Columbus
  Father of Marsha Ott and Karen Kincer, both of Nineveh

Alice M. Stines, 81, Taylorsville
  Sister of Leon Thickstun and Joan Dewar, both of Nashville

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