Redman beats Corbett by 18 votes in St. Joseph County Sheriff's race

NOW: Redman beats Corbett by 18 votes in St. Joseph County Sheriff’s race

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- With 100-percent of the precincts reporting, Bill Redman received the most votes in the Democratic race for St. Joseph County Sheriff. Tim Corbett was just 18 votes behind Redman.

The votes were as follows: Redman - 9,059, Corbett - 9,041 and Bill Thompson 4,031. Redman and Corbett each received 41-percent of the votes.

There were technical issues with one of the machines, so Corbett has not conceded.

Redman is celebrating the victory.

"We have worked our asses off for the past year and a half to two years, and I can't thank all of you enough. I look forward to that next step of moving toward that next race in November and being successful there and becoming your next sheriff of St. Joseph County," Redman told his supporters.

All three Democratic candidates spent the day Tuesday doing last minute campaigning.

Corbett currently serves as the commander of the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit.

Redman is a lieutenant with the St. Joseph County Police Department and has also been a DARE officer for about 20 years.

Thompson is the assistant chief in the St. Joseph County Police Department.

We spoke with each candidate when they voted.

“I’m excited about all the attendance we had at all the debates that we had, the meet the candidates, so we’re excited that people are engaged in this election, and hopefully it fares in my favor," Redman said.

"I feel good where we’re at. I think the message is very clear. 43 years of being a policeman and being on the street I think trumps being in the classroom. Keeping people safe has always been my thing, and I’m going to continue to do it," Corbett said.

“What we’ve tried to do all along is make this about qualifications, and I think with my particular qualifications in terms of training, in terms of qualifications, in terms of work experience, I think I’m separate from my opponents, and that’s made us pretty strong," Thompson said.

The Republican candidate for sheriff, Paul Jonas, is running unopposed.

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