Hove wins re-election for Pierce County Sheriff
Incumbent Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove will almost certainly win a fourth term, as she ran unopposed aside from a late push by a write-in candidate.
Hove, a Democrat, ran against write-in candidate Oake Gregory — who filed about a month before the election — and as of 10:50 p.m. Nov. 6 she had over 10,000 votes. Hove has been the Pierce County Sheriff for 12 years and has overseen the office’s push to upgrade its jail and office building in recent years. Gregory had 69 votes.
At the end of this term, Hove will reach 35 years of law enforcement service. She previously told RiverTown Multimedia she wasn’t saying what her plans are, but she will be eligible for retirement.
In a prepared statement before results were announced, Hove said that it was an honor to serve the resident of Pierce County.
“No matter if I win or [lose.] I just want to say thank you to the citizens of Pierce County. It is an honor to serve you,” she said in her full emailed statement.
Her opponent Gregory had attempted a similar election strategy in 2010, where he received only 115 votes. He said he didn’t have any “attachments to winning,” and would welcome getting the 60 hours a week he spends campaigning back for other activities.
“I think it would have been fabulous to have won, but the main reason I run is to go around the county to have very many conversations [about the county,]” Gregory said. “That’s equally important to me as the idea of holding office.”
The University of Wisconsin - River Falls student and balance technicIan at the school said he hadn’t thought about a future run for public office, but it was likely.
Hove was first elected in 2006 when she defeated incumbent Everett Muhlhausen, and four years later beat Tom Gunderson by roughly 1,000 votes. In 2014 she easily defeated Bill Parks by over 3,500 votes.