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The results of two races, Starke County Sheriff and Starke County Commissioner District 2, were being closely watched as Starke County Democrats gathered to wait on Primary Election results. When the final tally was in, some were surprised at the results of the commissionerâ€™s race.
Don Binkley, a newcomer to local politics, defeated former Knox Mayor and State Representative Nancy Dembowski by only 126 votes. The final tally was Binkley-1,374 and Dembowski-1,248.
The sheriffâ€™s race has been a topic of local conversation and debate for several months. In the end, Starke County Sheriffâ€™s Deputy William â€śBillâ€ť Dulin won the Democratic race, defeating Knox Police Department officer Harold Smith and Dennis Fornelli for a spot on the ballot in November. Dulin received 1,840 votes to Smithâ€™s 850; Fornelli received only 38 votes.
In the Republican race for sheriff, Billy Bope earned his spot on November's ballot, defeating Greg Wireman 646-381.
See next week's Leader for full election story.