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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Lisenbe gets second term as sheriff

  • Phelps County voters gave incumbent Sheriff Richard L. Lisenbe a second term in Tuesday's general election.
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  • Phelps County voters gave incumbent Sheriff Richard L. Lisenbe a second term in Tuesday's general election.
    By a more than 2-to-1 margin, Lisenbe, running on the Democratic ticket, defeated Republican challenger Ron Dishman.
    Lisenbe raked in 12,197 votes, or 68.82 percent, compared to Dishman who received 5,496 votes, or 31.01 percent, according to unofficial election results from Phelps County. There also were 31 write-in votes cast in the sheriff race.
    "If it wasn't for the people, the voting public, I'd be lost," Lisenbe said by phone interview Tuesday night, adding that he was pleased with the voter turnout.
    Lisenbe said he believes he won the race because of hard work. "The sheriff's department worked hard ... it's not just me," he said, noting that he feels the voters are proud of the department.
    "Over the next four years, it's going to get better. It's not perfect, Lisenbe said.
    He thanked his family for their support during the race.
    The sheriff said his goal for the department over the next four years is to continue the work the department has been doing. He said the department needs to continue to focus on narcotics and drug problems.
    Dishman said he was proud to stand up as the Republican candidate for sheriff.
    "I'd like to thank all of the voters, nearly 6,000 people turned out and believed in me," Dishman said. "I'm perfectly happy and proud to have gotten to run."
    Dishman said he felt like he ran a clean campaign, noting this was the first time he ran for public office.
    "The voters have spoken and I hope they are happy with their choice," Dishman said.
    Both candidates ran unopposed in the August primary.
    Dishman is the owns several businesses, including a towing company, and is a reserve Doolittle police officer.
    Before becoming sheriff, Lisenbe retired from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
    Lisenbe's win Tuesday night was much different than the narrow margin he won in November 2008 when he ran against Don Blankenship, who served as sheriff for about 20 years.
    In that election, Lisenbe won by 9,626 votes compared to Blankenship's 9,298 votes, a 328-vote difference.
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