Harrison County Sheriff Runoff Election

When polls opened this morning in Harrison County, voters entered booths to vote on arguably the most hotly contested contests on the Coast: the race for Harrison County sheriff.
Incumbent Melvin Brisolara and challenger Troy Peterson have been running neck and neck for months and today marks the end to that race.
Head to head debates, countless interviews and campaigning is all coming to an end today for incumbent Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara and challenger Troy Peterson.
Separated by just more than 200 votes in the August 4th primary, both candidates have been fighting these past three weeks for the 800 plus votes left by their third challenger, causing the incumbent sheriff to kick it into another gear. “Definitely had to have an extra push,” said Brisolara, “You know, we started running this campaign totally different three weeks ago and we feel good with it. You know, we’re very pleased with the way everything has gone. My supporters have been fantastic and I just appreciate getting to this point here.”
Challenger Troy Peterson is the former head of the sheriff’s narcotics division. Just over a year ago, he put his name in the hat to run for sheriff. Casting his vote today, Peterson tells News 25 today marks the end of a long road. “This has probably been the longest campaign I’ve seen run in the history of county politics. It’s been tough on us, tough on our family, friends.”
Today, family and friends from both sides rallied near voting precincts trying to give a late push for each candidate.It’s these supporters both candidates say they’ve leaned on to get them where they are today. “A lot of hard work,” said Brisolara, “You know we’ve got great supporters and everything. We put a lot into this campaign and everything.”
Peterson said, “This has been the most humbling experience I’ve ever been through in my life. I get chill bumps right now just thinking about it. It’s to know that you have that much support and that many people have that much faith in you, it’s just overwhelming.”

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