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Gerry Bustos wins RICO Sheriffs race in non-dramatic fashion

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ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – Incumbent Rock Island County Sheriff Gerry Bustos cruised to an easy electoral over challenger and former RICO Sheriff Jeff Boyd in Tuesday’s primary election.

Bustos garnered 80 percent of votes cast to 20 percent for Boyd, in unofficial final results.

Bustos will now face lone Republican candidate Keko Martinez in the general election.

In 2014, then-sheriff Boyd resigned amid an investigation by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office into the stalking and harassment of a woman he had met at a local gym.

Boyd entered into a plea deal, and plead guilty to attempted misconduct involving cyber stalking, a misdemeanor.

At the same time, residents in Whiteside County selected the person they want to have represent the Republican party on the ticket for Sheriff. In that race, four Republicans challenged each other. Kristopher Schmidt, Tim Fisher, Clark Mortensen Jr, and Michael Lewis faced off.  In the end, Schmidt won the race with 41 % of the vote.

See full election results HERE.

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