The Boone County Sheriff election is less than a year away, and two candidates have already announced they are going to run. Another may join the race today.
Maj. O.J. Stone of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department said he will announce his intentions at noon today during the Muleskinners meeting in the Stamper Commons room at Stephens College. While Stone would not confirm whether he would run for sheriff, he said he has asked for “five minutes to make an announcement” in front of the Muleskinners, a local Democratic group.
Sheriff Ted Boehm said in a phone interview Thursday afternoon that Stone spoke to him about filing to run for sheriff, but Boehm said he did not know what Stone would announce today.
Capt. Dwayne Carey of the sheriff’s department and Alan Mitchell, an investigator for the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, announced their intentions to run for Boone County Sheriff in July, shortly after Boehm said he would not seek a sixth term in 2004.
Stone, who has been in the department for 26 years, is the chief deputy for the sheriff and served as active sheriff while Boehm was out for medical problems.
Boehm said eight people have approached him since June expressing their interest in the office of sheriff. Although three of those people are current employees of Boehm, including Carey and Stone, Boehm said he doesn’t plan on endorsing someone until just before the election in August.
“To all the ones that are going to file, good luck,” Boehm said. “It’s a lot of hard work.”
Although the election is only a year away, Carey, a Democrat, and Mitchell, a Republican, are getting a head start. Mitchell said he saw Carey’s early announcement and thought it was important to let people in Boone County know about his own intentions.
“I needed to let my own supporters know that I was definitely going to run for the office,” said Mitchell, a retired Columbia police officer.
Mitchell worked in the Columbia Police Department for 20 years and also served as president of the Columbia Police Officers Association.