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2016 election: Smith County sheriff's race

Former Game Warden Chris Green is running against current Sheriff Larry Smith for Smith County Sheriff. Former Game Warden Chris Green is running against current Sheriff Larry Smith for Smith County Sheriff.
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

Incumbent Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith has won the Republican primary, according to unofficial results.

Smith defeated challenger Chris Green. Smith took 60.61 percent of the votes and Green took 39.39 percent. Smith will face Democrat Gary Pinkerton in November.

Smith has been the Sheriff since Jan. 1, 2013. He ran against Chris Green in 2012, so this is the second matchup between the two. Smith says this campaign was different than in 2012 because he had to balance campaigning with Sheriff’s duties. He said he had more time to campaign back in 2012. Smith has over 37 years of experience in local and federal law enforcement.

This is Chris Green's second time to run for Smith County Sheriff. Green works as an Oil and Gas Landman for Petro-Land Group and he is a retired Texas Game Warden. During his campaign, Green has made several accusations against Larry Smith, saying that Smith has fallen short during his time in office. Green says his goal is to restore trust to Smith County.

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