Chatham County

Roberson returns as sheriff, defeats Crutchfield in Chatham County

Chatham County Sheriff Mike Roberson won his first election, defeating Pittsboro Police Chief Percy Crutchfield in Tuesday night's Democratic primary election by almost 2,400 votes.

Roberson, who was appointed sheriff in 2016, was up for election for the first time. He finished with 6,304 votes (61.5 percent), with all 18 precincts reporting.

Crutchfield, who also was running for sheriff for the first time, received 3,945 votes (38.5 percent).

In the Clerk of Superior Court race, Dana Hackney beat Claire Wilson with 66 percent of vote. Hackney pulled in 6,612 votes, compared with 3,360 for Wilson.

Barring a successful write-in campaign, both winners of these Democratic primary elections will get the positions since there is no Republican opposition in the fall.