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Republicans pick Shrader as nominee for Jeffco sheriff

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By Ramsey Scott

Jeffco Republicans overwhelmingly chose longtime Sheriff’s Office veteran Jeff Shrader in the race to replace term-limited Sheriff Ted Mink in Tuesday’s primary election.

Shrader captured 61.6 percent of the vote to defeat Jim Shires, who had 38.3 percent. Shrader, who has no Democratic opponent in the November election, becomes the front-running favorite to take over for the iconic Mink.

Libertarian Brett Almy and independent John Berry will also be on the November ballot in the sheriff’s race. 

An emotional Shrader told supporters at his Golden home that he was proud to have so many people work to help him win the primary, and that he’s looking forward to serving Jeffco residents. He said the “table had been set” in the Sheriff’s Office, but there is work to still be done. 

“I think the message we put out to people about how much experience matters for this job really resonated …,” Shrader said. “We’ve got a lot of issues to address, like deputy attrition. But we’re going to do everything we can to address those concerns.”

Mink said he was proud to have endorsed Shrader. 

“I’m thrilled. Certainly Jeff is the most experienced leader, and he’s well experienced to lead the Sheriff’s Office in the right direction in the future,” Mink said. 

Meanwhile, in the Jeffco assessor race, Ron Sandstrom defeated Deputy Assessor Lou D’Aurio, 21,411 votes to 10,744 to become the Republican nominee. Sandstrom will face Democrat Andrew Hassinger and Libertarian Patrick Sullivan in the general election.