There’s a new sheriff in town in Madison County — or there will be in January, at any rate — as former sheriff’s deputy Michael Moore won Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff against incumbent Sheriff Kip Thomas.
There are no Democrats seeking the sheriff’s office, so Moore will take the post after Thomas’ term expires at the end of this year.
Moore took 2,281 of the 4,322 votes cast in the runoff, claiming nearly 53 percent of the ballots in the race. Thomas took 2,041 votes in an effort that got him slightly more than 47 percent of the vote.
Tuesday’s results are a switch from the May 24 GOP primary that forced the runoff. In that contest, Thomas claimed the lead with 46 percent of the vote, with Moore claiming just 32 percent of the ballots cast. A third contestant in the May 24 primary, David Larkins, forced the runoff when he garnered 21 percent of the vote.