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
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