Marengo County Sheriff Richard "Ben" Bates, shown with his wife, Carolyn Bates; granddaughter, Zoe Love; and friends, Tamika Dial and Mercy Palmer, won Tuesday's runoff to remain Sheriff for another term.
Marengo County Sheriff Richard "Ben" Bates, shown with his wife, Carolyn; granddaughter, Zoe Love; and friends, Tamika Dial and Mercy Palmer, won Tuesday's runoff to remain Sheriff for another term.

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Bates wins bid for second term as Sheriff

Published 9:43pm Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Marengo County Sheriff Richard “Ben” Bates will serve Marengo County for at least four more years after defeating Phillip Myers in a runoff Tuesday.

Bates received 3,713 votes, or 54.57 percent, while Myers received 3,091 votes, or 45.43 percent.

“I want to give thanks to the God Almighty and to the wonderful people of Marengo County,” Bates said. “I’m thankful for the support I received today and throughout this process.”

Bates said he wants to continue providing the good law enforcement for Marengo County.

“We never have discriminated on enforcing the law,” Bates said. “It doesn’t matter who you are or what kind of position you hold, if you’re breaking the law, we will arrest you. I still want to take the money the Marengo County Commission gives us and use our equipment to provide the best law enforcement possible for the people of Marengo County. We will do anything we can do to better serve Marengo County.”

Myers was disappointed with the result, but he was also hopeful for the future after hearing the results Tuesday night.

“I really don’t know what happened with the results,” he said. “I felt like there was a good turnout, which was encouraging, but Sheriff Bates had more supporters go out and vote than I did. I can’t argue with the results. God has something better in store for me, and this is just a stepping stone to something greater.”

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