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Richards files for office in sheriff's race

By The Herald Staff | 4/11/2014

Though he hasn’t yet served a full term as sheriff, Jeff Richards still has to file for office this year as the county’s top law enforcement official.

Richards, Franklin County Sheriff, officially filed earlier this week, according to the Franklin County clerk’s office. The primary election is set for August with the general election in November. The winner of the race will serve a two-year term, with the next sheriff election in 2016.

Since Richards was appointed sheriff before the mid-point of a term — May 1 — he must face a midterm election for the remainder of the unexpired term, Janet Paddock, Franklin County clerk, said.

“Because when [Richards] took office, it was shortly after Jeff Curry’s term started, there’s a certain date if a vacancy occurs before that certain date [May 1], it goes to election at the midterm,” Paddock said. 

Richards was appointed to the position last spring after the county’s elected sheriff, Jeff Curry, resigned amid allegations of criminal wrongdoing.

As of Friday afternoon, no one else had filed for sheriff, Paddock said. The last day to file for office is noon June 2.

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