Election 2020 sheriff race

MARYVILLE, Mo. — And then there were two.

The Nodaway County Sheriff’s race narrowed with Tuesday’s primary election win for Sheriff Randy Strong, who defeated Republican challenger Douglas Lager 2,613 votes to Lager’s 696.

“I want to thank the citizens of Nodaway County for their tremendous support in the August 4th Primary,” Strong said in a statement Wednesday. “The totals indicate to me that my team is on track with what the people want. Their support is inspiring.

“I am committed to serving.”

In the November general election, Strong will face Democrat Darren White, who was sheriff for eight years from 2009-2016. In 2017, Strong defeated White with 54 percent of the vote in a contentious election.

This cycle has appeared no less contentious, with both candidates taking shots at the other’s campaign during last month’s candidate forum.

In Tuesday’s primary, White ran unopposed and garnered 987 votes.

The general election is set for Nov. 3.

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