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Starry stays ahead, wins Washington County sheriff race

In complete but unofficial results, Dan Starry held onto the position of Washington County sheriff after receiving 65,677 votes. Paul Hoppe received 46,978 votes.

The race was close early in the night with just over 100 votes between the candidates after 16 precincts reported. However as the more populous precincts in Woodbury, Cottage Grove and Stillwater were tallied, the gap began to increase. After 66 precincts reported, Starry held an over 13,000 vote advantage.

Starry has been the Washington County sheriff since May 2017 when he was appointed after William Hutton stepped down. Starry has been with the sheriff’s office since 1993 when he was a deputy.

Hoppe has been the public safety directory and police chief for the Wyoming Police Department for the past nine years. Prior to that he spent 20 years with the Oak Park Heights Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Department and Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department.

Heading into the election Starry said the mental health crisis in Washington County was a top priority for him. For Hoppe, his main objective would be to implement a team to evaluate the problems with the sheriff’s office recently launched $2 million software program.

Jake Pfeifer

Jake Pfeifer is a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, which encompasses the Hastings Star Gazette, Farmington-Rosemount Independent Town Pages, South Washington County Bulletin and Woodbury Bulletin. He previously worked as a sports reporter and outdoors editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and as a multimedia artist/editor for Detroit Lakes Newspapers.

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