Incumbent Democratic Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman kept his seat in the top county law enforcement position Nov. 6 in the 2018 General Election, according to unofficial results.
Bowman received 7,196 votes (52.28%) to Republican challenger Darin Bumgarner’s very good showing of 6,569 votes (47.72%).
After finding out he was winner, Bowman told The Times: “I would like to take a moment to thank the voters of Alexander County for their support in re-electing me as Sheriff for the upcoming term. During this campaign I spoke with many of you who expressed your appreciation for the job we’ve been doing and I thank you for making your voice heard that you want to continue on this path of progress. I am humbled by the outpouring of support for the past nine years as Sheriff and I look forward to the opportunity to continue our partnership as we work together to make our communities the best they can be. I wish to also thank my staff for the great work they do and I look forward to continuing to serve the great citizens of Alexander County. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns about things going on in your neighborhood feel free to stop by my office and share those with me. As your Sheriff, my door is always open.”
Darin Bumgarner stated: “I would like to thank all of the voters that came out to make a difference in our community no matter the way their votes fell! Thank you to all of the hard working volunteers!! I would definitely love to thank my friends and especially my family for being so supportive! They went above and beyond! I appreciate all of the support I have received throughout my first sheriffs race! I ask now that everyone pray for all of the officials elected during this mid term election. Wanting them to fail is like wanting the plane you are on to crash because you do not like the pilot. Please support those in office moving forward! Thank you again for all of your support and God Bless!”