Candidate Scores Upset in Boyd Sheriff Primary

BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – A new face will be in charge at the Boyd County Sheriff’s Department.

Current Sheriff Terry Keelin did not run for re-election, and the candidate who served under him whom Keelin endorsed was defeated.

Bobby Woods edged out the other two Democrat candidates in Tuesday’s primary, including Robert Donta, who resigned as sergeant of the sheriff’s department so he could run for the top job.

Woods is currently a commonwealth detective in the 31st judicial circuit. He’s also a 20-year State Police veteran.

He talked after the results came in Tuesday night about why this feels like a big upset win.

"One of the candidates (Donta) was endorsed by the current sheriff, has played on that his whole campaign, and I just felt like I was fighting an uphill fight the whole way,” Woods said. “I'm just glad it's over."

Woods will face Republican candidate Scott Sharp.

He is a teacher at Ohio University-Southern. Sharp is also a retired special agent for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.

Sharp edged out 26-year-old Corey Gumbert.

Both Woods and Sharp say their top priority is dealing with the drug issue.

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