Democrat in sheriff’s race leads in donations

Wednesday, April 21, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:24 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 3, 2008

Ken Kreigh, who resigned from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department following an investigation in January, has raised $53,316 in the race for Boone County Sheriff, nearly twice as much as his closest competitor.

The sole Republican running for the position, Mick Covington, is second with $28,502, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Boone County Clerk’s office. Democrats Dwayne Carey and O.J. Stone are third and fourth, raising $15,899 and $9,705 respectively.

All candidates said they were happy with the contributions they received, and some have planned additional fund-raisers throughout the spring and summer.

Kreigh, who said he resigned because of political interference at the department, said he does not think donors are supporting him to spite retiring Sheriff Ted Boehm. In January, Boehm created a panel to review Kreigh’s conduct during an Oct. 23 drug operation, ultimately prompting Kreigh’s resignation.

“I think the fund raising shows a pretty broad base of support for me,” Kreigh said. “People are looking at the issues and the future issues in choosing a candidate.”

Stone said his fund-raising efforts were steadily progressing and working toward a peak at the right time.

This year’s fund-raising environment has created an interesting situation for the Democratic competitors, who are left competing three ways for money from party supporters, while Covington is the Republican Party’s only option.

“If Democrats only had one candidate, it would obviously be easier to raise funds — money would probably be flowing in,” said Carey, who has drawn backing from former Boehm supporters.

Despite having no Republican competition, Covington said the sheriff’s position is determined less by politics on Election Day and more by apparent ability and qualifications.

Voters will eliminate two candidates in a primary election Aug. 3. The general election, in which a new sheriff will be chosen, is Nov. 2. Boehm has been sheriff since 1984.

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