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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

  • May 6
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • May 6
    BC Soil & Water District
    6:30 p.m. SWCD Office, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • May 6
    BC Commissioners
    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • May 6
    Nashville Main Street Committee
    9:30 a.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • May 6
    Woodworkers Club
    7 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • May 7
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • May 7
    Quartet featured with gospel jam & sing at Gnaw Bone church
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • May 7
    CSCD Ecology Commission
    6 p.m. CSCD Office, 8377 Cordry Drive
  • May 7
    Bluebird Club
    7 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • May 7
    Brown County Schools Board of Trustees
    6:30 p.m. BC Intermediate School, 260 School House Lane
  • May 7
    Art alliance to meet at library
    5 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • May 8
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • May 9
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • May 9
    Widowed group
    2:30 p.m. Sycamore Valley Community Center, 746 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • May 9
    Lions Club breakfast at Parkview church annex
    7 to 10:30 a.m. Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East
  • May 9
    Open house conducted at New Song
    9 to 11 a.m. New Song Mission, 7202 Keith Donaldson Road, Freetown
  • May 10
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    Noon to 2 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
  • May 11
    BC Election Board
    2 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • May 11
    Beeline beekeepers club
    7 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • May 12
    Nashville Parking & Public Facilities
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • May 12
    Van Buren Fire Board
    6 p.m. Van Buren Fire Station, 4040 State Road 135 South
  • May 12
    CSCD Roads, Security commissions
    6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. CSCD Office, 8377 Cordry Drive; CSLOA Clubhouse, 8751 Nineveh Road
  • May 12
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • May 12
    Conference center grand opening slated
    5 to 7 p.m. Creekside Retreat, 2450 State Road 46 East
  • May 13
    CRC Steering Committee
    6:30 p.m. CRC, 246 E. Main St.
  • May 13
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • May 14
    Local Coordinating Council
    8 a.m. Comm. Corrections Office, Suite B, lower level of Veterans Hall, 902 Deer Run Lane,
  • May 14
    Gospel jam & sing at Gnaw Bone church
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • May 14
    BC photography club
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • May 16
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • May 16
    Rock & mineral club
    6 p.m. Extension Office, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • May 16
    Historic site hosts outdoor art contest
    7 a.m. to 4 p.m. TC Steele State Historic Site, 4220 T.C. Steele Road, Belmont
  • May 16
    Taste of Brown County set at Courthouse grounds
    Noon to 5 p.m. Courthouse grounds and parking area, Buck Stogsdill Way and East Main Street
  • May 16
    Residents can recycle tires
    8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 176 Old State Road 46 at Greasy Creek Road
  • May 23
    Art class set for fourth Saturday at winery
    3 to 5 p.m. Chateau Thomas Winery, Coachlight Square, 225 S. Van Buren St.
  • May 27
    BC Sheriff's Merit Board
    4 p.m. Sheriff's Office, Law Enforcement Center, 55 State Road 46 East
  • May 29
    Farmers market reopens in Bean Bean Blossom
    4 p.m. St. David's Episcopal Church, 11 State Road 45 at 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • June 5
    Strawberry fest during farmers market
    4 p.m. St. David's Episcopal Church, 11 State Road 45 at 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • June 20
    Pollinator Awareness Day at state park Nature Center
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)