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Lawsuit dismissed against new Monroe Co. sheriff

One of two lawsuits against Monroe County's new sheriff has been dismissed.

The chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Party filed a lawsuit against Randy White before the August election, asking that White be removed from the ballot because a POST commission report said he was not qualified to serve as sheriff. It also asked for any votes against White to be thrown out.

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That report came out after White has been certified to appear on the ballot by the election commission and early voting had started.

White, a Republican, defeated incumbent sheriff Bill Bivens in the election. He took office the first week of September.

According to Chuck Burks, White's attorney, the suit was dismissed Friday because the complaint didn't state a claim for which the court could state relief.

White is still facing a similar lawsuit filed by Bivens. It asks for Bivens to be named the winner of the election or that the 2014 election for sheriff be voided. The suit contends that White did not meet the qualifications to be sheriff, and votes cast for him are not legal votes and should not have been counted.


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