MT. VERNON — Jefferson County will have a new sheriff by the end of the year.
Ina Chief of Police Travis Allen, a Democrat, upset Sheriff Roger Mulch and deputy Joseph Porter in Tuesday's primary election.
John Lewis turned back challengers John Scott and David G. Morris for the Republican nomination.
As a result, Jefferson County will have a new sheriff by 2015.
Allen tallied 1,356 votes. Mulch had 636; Porter had 674.
Allen, in his 30's, was seeking his first political office. He formerly worked at DuPont and was a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park ranger.
“I just want to thank everybody. My supporters have been awesome. I've had volunteeers walk and knock on doors. We have some of the greatest supporters out there. I am at a loss of words right now,” said Allen.
“It's going to be nice to take a few weeks off from campaigning. We are going to wait for the fall election, have some fundraisers and we are very confident going into that election,” he added.
Allen said it is difficult to tell whether age was a factor in the outcome, but he stressed social media helped during the campaign.
“We did carry a lot of young voters. We thought we would. We had a lot of likes on our Facebook page. I don't know if age was a factor, but we carried a large contingent of all ages. It's a new age and new election. I just want to thank all my friends in social media that helped pull this out.”
Sheriff Roger Mulch said, “The people of Jefferson County have spoken and I graciously accept the vote and outcome.”
He added, “I hereby pledge 100 percent of my vote and my support to Travis Allen. He is a good, young man.”