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Ott defeats McClure in Republican primary for Blair County sheriff

Duncansville police Chief James Ott defeated former Blair County Chief Deputy Sam McClure by a 70.5 percent to 29.5 percent margin Tuesday night in the Republican primary for Blair County sheriff. (Facebook photo: James Ott)

HOLLIDAYSBURG - Duncansville police Chief James Ott defeated former Blair County Chief Deputy Sam McClure by a 70.5 percent to 29.5 percent margin Tuesday night in the Republican primary for Blair County sheriff.

Ott, who has been Duncansville's police chief for the past 17 years and is the president of Blair County Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation, will be the only name on the Republican side of the ballot for the November election.

McClure did send a brief statement after the results which read, "My family and I prayed that God's will be done. This experience has strengthen our family in so many ways. God has truly blessed us and brought so many great people into our lives. Thanks to God, my wife and children, my family and all of my supporters."

There were no names on the democratic side for the sheriff position, but current chief deputy Holly Garner was campaigning as a write-in candidate to see if she could get her name on the ballot in November.

The race gained attention after the Blair County Commissioners fired McClure as acting sheriff in April over sexual harassment allegations.

McClure took over the sheriff duties after former Sheriff Mitchell Cooper retired earlier this year.

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