Knox County sheriff to seek re-election

Posted Jan. 10, 2014, at 11:49 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison said Friday she is seeking re-election.

The sheriff, a Democrat, said she believes she and her staff have accomplished a lot during her two terms in office.

Dennison, 62, said she has turned things around at the jail. The county was reeling when she first ran for the post from a class-action lawsuit over illegal strip searches.

“We have a good crew, we’ve weeded out the bad ones and kept the good ones,” she said.

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The sheriff said she also was pleased that the sheriff’s patrol was able to get new offices adjacent to the jail.

Dennison was first elected in 2006 by a razor-slim margin over two other opponents, receiving slightly less than 35 percent of the vote. Four years later, however, she won 55 percent of the vote in another three-way race.

The sheriff worked in the department for many years, including seven as a detective, before running for the top post. She was the first woman in Maine to be elected sheriff and the first Democrat sheriff in Knox County in nearly 70 years.

Party candidates have until March 17 to file nomination papers with the Maine Secretary of State’s Office to make the June 10 primary ballot. The general election is Nov. 4.

No other candidates have announced or filed intentions to seek the job.

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