Steve Whidden re-elected to fourth term as Hendry County sheriff

Devan Patel
 
| Fort Myers News-Press

Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden will serve a fourth term in office after coasting to victory in Tuesday’s election.

Whidden, the Republican nominee, received 7,520 out of 12,768 votes cast, or 58.9%, in defeating Democratic challenger Johnny Jackson and no-party affiliated candidate Ricky Garcia.

Jackson finished in second-place after receiving 3,571 votes, or 28%, while Garcia received 1,677 votes, or 13.1%

Whidden advanced to the general election in November after receiving nearly 80% of the vote in the August primary, when he defeated Lee County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Pete Hedrick.

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His victory set up a rematch against Jackson and Garcia, who both were unsuccessful in trying to unseat Whidden in 2016.

When Jackson challenged Whidden, who has since switched political alliances, in the Democratic primary in 2016, Whidden narrowly escaped defeat. The margin of victory in the 2016 primary was 67 votes with Whidden receiving 1,209 votes to 1,142 for Jackson.

Support for Whidden in 2020 closely mirrored the results in the 2016 general election when he received 59.8% of the 10,875 votes cast.

Connect with reporter Devan Patel: @DevanJPatel (Twitter) or devan.patel@naplesnews.com

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