New name on ballot for Cochise County Sheriff

September 21, 2012

Republicans in Cochise County have picked a retired commander to take Shreiff Larry Dever's spot on the November ballot.

Dever died late Tuesday in a rollover crash in Northern Arizona. He was running unopposed for a fifth term as Cochise County Sheriff. Cochise County Elections Director Juanita Murray said the county Republican party leadership met on Thursday to pick a candidate to replace Dever on the ballot.

The leadership chose Mark Dannels, who worked as a commander under Dever before retiring after 29 years with the department. No one else will appear on the ballot, but write-in candidates are still possible. The deadline to register as a write-in is Sept. 27.

The cause of Dever's accident is still under investigation

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