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Kaiser re-elected sheriff

Stutsman County voters re-elected Chad Kaiser as sheriff by a 2-1 margin, according to unofficial results posted Tuesday night.

“I’m happy the county residents are behind me and supporting what we’ve worked on for many years,” he said.

Kaiser unofficially received 6,395 votes while challenger Liz Kapp received 3,061 votes.

Kapp had been terminated by Kaiser from her position as a deputy in 2016. Kapp began a campaign for the sheriff’s office after a write-in effort at the primary election garnered enough votes to place her name on the general election ballot.

“To all my supporters in Stutsman County,” she said, “I thank you all for the love and support. I’ve enjoyed meeting so many new people and reconnecting with people I haven’t seen in some time. I enjoyed campaigning in all the communities of Stutsman County. I wish the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Department well.”

Kaiser said the race had been long and contentious.

“I’m pleased with the results,” he said. “It is a load off my shoulders.”

Kaiser was first elected Stutsman County sheriff in 2010 and now begins his third four-year term in office. The department employs 12 deputies and a two-person office staff. Salary for the Stutsman County sheriff ranges from $66,469 per year to $87,704 per year.