In Tuesday’s Democratic primary special election for a new Lee County Sheriff, Major Daniel Simon reportedly received the majority of the votes. Simon received almost 53 percent of the vote, which is enough to avoid a potential runoff against one of the four candidates who ran against him.
Simon has served as interim sheriff since the former sheriff, E.J. Melvin, resigned in May when he was charged in a drug conspiracy case. Simon received 2,664 votes. Jimmy Tidwell, next closest in the vote count, received 1,252 votes.
There are no Republicans running, and no Independents have yet signed up. There’s still time to challenge Simon in the general election, set for August 31.