GOP taps sergeant for sheriff

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Lois Dunn, chairwoman of the Mesa County Republican Party, talks with the three Republican candidates for sheriff on Monday night. From left are Matt Lewis, Robert Dalley and Mark McGarry. The vacancy committee picked Lewis, a 17-year veteran of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, to fill the spot on the ballot vacated when previous Republican sheriff’s candidate Steve King withdrew from the race.

17-year veteran of county law enforcement to be on fall ballot

The sergeant in charge of complex crimes for the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office was chosen as the Republican nominee for sheriff on Monday, soon after telling party stalwarts he’d join the sheriffs who sued Gov. John Hickenlooper in a case questioning the constitutionality of new gun laws.
Matt Lewis, 39, and a 17-year veteran of the department, was elected by the party’s vacancy committee to fill in for state Sen. Steve King, who withdrew from the race last week.
The 13-member committee voted for Lewis after hearing from him and two other candidates, Robert Dalley and Mark McGarry. Lewis garnered nine votes, Dalley three and McGarry one. Committee members made no public comments about why they chose Lewis.

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