Voters choose Timmons

Doug Timmons of Stratford will be the Republican nominee for Hamilton County Sheriff following a big victory in Tuesday’s primary election.

A total of 2,082 of the 10,393 registered voters in Hamilton County cast ballots in the election. Timmons, who is currently a deputy with the sheriff’s department, claimed 998 votes or 57.82 percent of the vote.

“I’d like to thank all of the Hamilton County voters who came out and voted,” Timmons said. “They saw the choice was clear.”

Timmons also thanked his committee members and family who helped him during the campaign. A large group of his supporters turned out to wait with the candidate at the courthouse for election results.

Ken Peck of Webster City came in second in the race, receiving 450 votes for 26 percent, followed by William Derrig of Webster City who received 276 votes or 15.99 percent.

Peck is a former Hamilton County deputy who now works in the private sector. He was unavailable for comment Tuesday night.

Derrig, currently a deputy for Hamilton County, said, “I’m happy the way I ran the race. I’m very proud of the people who supported me and the effort they put forth.”

“I’m happy that the county will have a very good man as the Republican candidate for sheriff,” Derrig said of Timmons.

The three candidates met in candidates forums held in May, the first hosted by the Williams Development Group and the second by the Daily Freeman-Journal.

Timmons will be on the ballot as the Republican candidate for sheriff for the November general election. There is no Democrat in the race for sheriff.

Longtime Hamilton County Sheriff Dennis Hagenson announced earlier this year that he would not be seeking re-election. He plans to retire at the end of the year.