(SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan.) — Wichita Police Captain Jeff Easter will continue his campaign for Sedgwick County Sheriff. Easter won the Republican primary Tuesday night. He'll now face Democratic candidate Jefrey Weinman in November.
Easter beat Sheriff Bob Hinshaw with 73% of the vote. Easter received 30,261 votes and Hinshaw received 10,667 votes.
Easter says early on in his career his goal was to either become Chief of Police or Sheriff. "Tonight I'm a step closer to fulfilling my dream of becoming Sedgwick County Sheriff," he said.
Sheriff Hinshaw says he's disappointed he won't be keeping his job. "The voters clearly wanted change and it appears Jeff Easter will be the next sheriff," Hinshaw said.Sheriff Hinshaw was elected in 2009 but has been working with the sheriff's department for 32 years.
Easter has 23 years of experience in law enforcement. Easter says if he wins in November, he plans to to reduce jail overcrowding, combine more law enforcement agencies in Sedgwick County and use more crime analysis to prevent crime.