August 3, 2004 -- Posted at 6:43 p.m. CDT
Republican candidate for sheriff Mark Dobbs said, "I think there is to be very honest some retribution there. To boil it down 202 days ago, I lost my job for doing what was right and last night he lost his for doing what was wrong."
Former Sheriff's Deputy, Mark Dobbs was fired by Butler County Sheriff Bill Heaton following allegations of criminal wrongdoing. Last night, Dobbs beat Heaton in the primary election for a republican candidate for sheriff. Wednesday, Heaton supporters say there shocked.
Heaton also faced felony charges after an alleged incident involving an inmate's injuries. Those charges were later dropped, but Dobbs says voters didn't forget.
But were Heaton's legal problems a factor is this years issue?
"I think it did to some extent, but we got out and worked and I told the people in my committee and the people helping me that we were going to go out and campaign just like none of that existed and that's what we done and whether or not that played a factor or not, I don't know, but we just worked awful hard and I think that's how we got it done," said Dobbs.
No matter who takes over this office in November, one things for certain. They'll face plenty of challenges right here in Butler County.
But Heaton supporters may not throw their vote to the Republican candidate.
Dobbs and Democratic candidate Richard Kneibert will face off in November.