Miller wins Republican ticket for Ionia County Sheriff

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 11:05 am on Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Dale Miller

IONIA — Ionia County Undersheriff Dale Miller of Lake Odessa successfully won Tuesday’s primary election against write-in candidate Curt Read of Fenwick, landing himself on the Republican ticket for the general election in November.

After victory Tuesday night, Miller, who finished with 3,230 of 4401 votes (73 percent), will now face off against Democrat Gordy Douglas of Orleans in the Nov. 6 general election.

“Tonight’s win renews my excitement for the November election,” Miller said. “Serving the citizens of Ionia County has always been a goal of mine. I look forward to showing everyone that I am the right person for the job. It’s been refreshing having so many great people support me.”

Miller has been with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office for 26 years, serving as county undersheriff for the past 11.

Miller said he will now have to step up his efforts as the general election in November approaches and will “continue to make himself available to the public.”

“I will continue to let people know what my thoughts and plans are and that I am the right person for the job,” he said. “I think if I continue to do that then I will have success in November.”

Read, who lost with 1,171 write in votes, did not return calls from The Daily News.

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