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Matthews wins race for Kershaw sheriff

Nov 3, 2010 10:54:00 AM - thestate.com
Former federal Drug Enforcement Administration agent Jim Matthews easily won the race for Kershaw County sheriff Tuesday night over incumbent county council member Sammie Tucker.

Matthews, a Republican, will replace retiring Sheriff Steve McCaskill. Matthews had 12, 815 votes to Tucker's 7,161. Tucker is a Democrat.

Matthews' victory came after a yearlong campaign in which he defeated McCaskill's preferred candidate, a longtime top deputy, in the June GOP primary.

Matthews stressed his broad law enforcement experience, which includes extensive undercover drug work, being an FBI Academy instructor and a SWAT team member. He pledged to make the sheriff's department more professional.