BRIGHTON — The race to replace outgoing Adams County Sheriff Doug Darr is down to the current sheriff's patrol sergeant — Rick Reigenborn — and Darr's division chief, Michael McIntosh, following the June 24 primary election.
In the GOP primary, McIntosh narrowly defeated former Adams County Sheriff's Office lieutenant Mark Nicastle, with McIntosh securing 8,710 votes (51.89 percent) in final unofficial results from the county, compared to 8,076 for Nicastle (48.11 percent).
McIntosh sounded off on the victory via Facebook June 24.
"Thank you, Adams County Republicans, for electing me to represent our party in the race for Sheriff! I am thrilled and honored to win the primary. I believe with all my heart that with your help and support, we can win the general election in November," according to McIntosh's campaign page on Facebook.
A Brighton High School graduate, McIntosh previously served in the U.S. Navy and has been with the Adams County Sheriff's Office since 1988, working his way up to his current role as division chief of administrative services. McIntosh also earned the endorsement of Darr in the primary race.
On the Democratic side, Adams County Sheriff's Office patrol sergeant Rick Reigenborn edged out Norbert Larry Medina for a spot on the general election ballot. Reigenborn tallied 8,131 votes in the county's final unofficial count, or 51.43 percent, to top Medina's 7,678 votes (48.57 percent).
Reigenborn, a BHS graduate like McIntosh, began his law enforcement career in 1987 as a volunteer reserve officer with the Brighton Police Department before joining the Adams County Sheriff's Office as a full-time deputy in 1991. In 2010 he was promoted to his current position as patrol sergeant.
"Time to pull the boots on tighter and let's hit this hard and out of the park," Reigenborn posted on his Facebook page late June 24 as his victory became apparent. "Thank you for believing in me."