Former federal Drug Enforcement Administration agent Jim Matthews easilywon the race for Kershaw County sheriff Tuesday night over incumbentcounty 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 defeatedMcCaskill's preferred candidate, a longtime top deputy, in the June GOPprimary.
Matthews stressed his broad law enforcement experience, whichincludes extensive undercover drug work, being an FBI Academy instructorand a SWAT team member. He pledged to make the sheriff's department moreprofessional.