Tom Dougherty supporters made one last push for their candidate last night in his bid to succeed retiring sheriff John York.
Dougherty was all smiles as he celebrated with his backers in Livonia after winning the Republican primary. The 32-year-old Dougherty, who's been with the Sheriff's Office for nine years, out-polled Undersheriff Jim Szczesniak by 157 votes.
However, Szczesniak won the Conservative line by just one vote.
"We felt a huge amount of support from the beginning. We had law enforcement behind us and we had so many good people behind us, good community-oriented people. I thought it'd be close but did I think it would be that close? I didn't," Dougherty said.
Szczesniak is a a 28-year-veteran of the department. He spent most of last evening at the Livingston County Board of Elections with supporters, including retiring Sheriff John York.
"It appears as unofficial results we carried that Conservative line. We have absentee ballots yet to be counted, so the race isn't over yet. Clearly, we're going to have to wait for the official results, wait for the absentee ballots to arrived and we'll be able to make a determination from there as to how far this race is going to proceed," said Szczesniak.
Ninety-one absentee ballots are still outstanding. They must arrive within the next seven days to be included in the final tally.