Richard Cutting is the Essex County Republican Party's nominee for sheriff, a job he currently holds by appointment.
The county committee met in Elizabethtown Tuesday evening and chose Cutting over Michael "Ike" Tyler by a weighted vote of 8,253 to 1,962, committee Chairman Ronald Jackson of Essex said Thursday afternoon.
Cutting and Tyler both attended and spoke for five minutes each, Jackson said, and answered questions from committee members.
"They were both pretty well qualified, but the committee thought that Richard, having already served as undersheriff and as sheriff now, thought he was the best qualified," Jackson said.
Jackson said he told the candidates, "I hope you run like last year's race, a nice, clean race. They both said they would, so hopefully that'll happen."
Both Cutting and Tyler have also filed independent nominating petitions and will be on the Nov. 2 ballot.
The county's Democratic committee will meet on Monday, Sept. 20, according to Gerald Morrow, Chesterfield town supervisor and a committee member, and Cutting and Tyler will both address the committee. Nobody else is seeking the nomination, Morrow said.
Cutting had been undersheriff to the late Sheriff Henry Hommes and was appointed sheriff last month, after Hommes died. Tyler, of Westport, is a retired state corrections officer who ran against Hommes last year, losing the Republican primary by fewer than 200 votes. He finished second in last year's general election, getting about 3,100 votes to Hommes' 5,300, with independent candidate Robert Kirby getting about 1,300.
Since Hommes died after the state's deadline to file petitions to run in a party primary, there can't be a primary and the party committees can choose candidates if they want to.
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