Boone County Commissioner Skip Elkin on Wednesday endorsed Capt. Dwayne Carey, one of the three Democratic candidates in the race for Boone County sheriff.
“It’s more than being a good cop,” Elkin said about the sheriff’s job. “You have to work with the budget, with personnel and have legislative experience. Sometimes you have to change laws. Sometimes you have to be an administrator.”
Sheriff Ted Boehm, who’s been on the job for the past 20 years, manages 140 employees and oversees a budget of $9.5 million. Boehm has already endorsed Carey.
Elkin, a Democrat, said the strongest skill of a good sheriff would be to relate to the people who elected him and to evoke the support of his employees. “He’s a very good people’s person,” Elkin said about Carey. “He can fulfill the big shoes that his predecessors have.”
Elkin’s grandfather, Frank “Bud” Elkin, was a Boone County sheriff from 1965 to 1972.
Carey said he heard of the endorsement from friends who called to congratulate him after hearing about it on the radio. “Anybody that is respected as much as he is to give me an endorsement means a lot to me,” Carey said.
Two other candidates are competing for the Democratic nomination in the Aug. 3 primary: Maj. O.J. Stone of the sheriff’s department, and Ken Kreigh, a former detective in the department.
“I’m not surprised,” Stone said about Elkin’s endorsement. “He’s been pretty apparent that he’s supportive of Carey.” Stone said his campaign was going well and he was gaining momentum. He said he has not asked for any endorsements and doesn’t plan to because “getting an endorsement is a pretty minor thing.”
Kreigh said he was not surprised either.
“I do know that Skip and Dwayne are good friends,” Kreigh said.
Kreigh considers his campaign to be successful so far, although he does not have an endorsement. “We’re leading in fund raising, and we’re happy with the ways things are going,” he said.
Mick Covington, a retired captain from the Columbia Police Department, is running unopposed in the primary on the Republican ticket and will meet the Democratic nominee in the Nov. 2 general elections.
Kreigh had raised $61,506 for the reporting period that ended July 15, followed by Carey with $53,214, Covington with $42,244 and Stone with $8,082.
Presiding Commissioner Keith Schnarre said he isn’t endorsing any of the sheriff’s candidates. “The commission has to work with whoever is the
new sheriff, and it’s up to the people to decide who they want for a new sheriff,” Schnarre said.
County Commissioner Karen Miller, a Democrat, could not be reached for comment Wednesday, but she said last week that she didn’t plan on making a public endorsement.