ELLSWORTH — There’s going to be a new sheriff in town for the first time in 34 years. In a close vote, Republican Scott Kane took Tuesday’s primary race with 2,232 votes, 166 votes more than opponent Alan Brown, who had 2,066.

The winner of the primary contest is virtually certain to succeed Sheriff Bill Clark, as there were no Democratic candidates.

“We had a great turnout,” said Kane, speaking from his Brooksville home Wednesday morning.

Kane said he thought Brown would be strong inland and that he would do well in which is what happened. “Deer Isle was huge for me,” Kane said. That vote was 103-12.

Blue Hill also was strong, voting 178-30 for Kane. Outgoing Sheriff Clark is on the job until Dec. 31. Until that time, Kane, who is a deputy and Brown, who is detective sergeant, have police work to do.

“We have to put our personal feelings and the past behind us,” Kane said. “Th is is what it’s all about: giving taxpayers quality law enforcement at a price they can afford.”

“He’s still a detective, I’m still a part of that agency,” Kane said. “We’ve got to do the best thing for the citizens and that’s what it’s all about.” Kane said he will take some deep breaths today and catch up with his neglected lawn. Kane thanked his supporters and his wife, Rose, for her work.

“It’s been phenomenal,” he said. “She’s been with me every step of the way. Without her, I wouldn’t have made it happen.”

Brown described the race as a “nail biter.”

Brown said the 175-vote loss “is not a landslide.” “When I look at my tallies, it looks like I won 19 towns and he won 17 towns,” he said. “In the towns I won, my margins just weren’t big enough.”

Brown said he’s glad he ran.

“If I had not tried this, I would have been sitting here today, thinking, ‘What if I had tried this?’”

“I wish Scott the very best of luck as the next sheriff ,” Brown said. “Scott and I had a good conversation on the phone this morning. I’ve been there 25 years, so I’m dedicated to this agency and I hope things go well.”

Brown thanked Clark for his 34 years of service to Hancock County.

“He’s put this department in a good place and Scott’s got a great starting point,” Brown said.

Reproduced courtesy The Ellsworth American ~ Written by Jennifer Osborn 

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