Former sergeant leading King County sheriff race

SEATTLE (AP) - Former Sgt. John Urquhart (URK'-hart) who retired last year as spokesman for the King County sheriff's office has a 57-42 percent lead in his bid to return to the department as sheriff.

Urquhart says his top priority is to restore public confidence and trust in the sheriff's office.

The 64-year-old took on 47-year-old Steve Strachan (Stran) who was appointed sheriff in April following the resignation of Sheriff Sue Rahr. Strachan was her chief deputy and previously served five years as Kent police chief.

The sheriff runs a department with nearly 700 deputies who police unincorporated areas around Seattle.

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