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Goddard, Pickar move on in Crow Wing County sheriff's race

Crow Wing County Sheriff primary candidate winners Scott Goddard (left) and Pat Pickar (right).1 / 4
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Eric Klang4 / 4

With all precincts reporting in the Tuesday, Aug. 14, primary election, just 40 votes separated Crow Wing County Sheriff candidates Scott Goddard and Pat Pickar and the two have the most votes to move on to the November general election.

According to unofficial results from the Minnesota Secretary of State—Pickar and Goddard each garnered more than 4,000 votes in the 2018 primary election to stay in the sheriff's race. Candidate Eric Klang had the least amount of votes and is out of the race.

With 64 of 64 precincts reporting, the votes were:

• Pickar, a Crow Wing County sheriff's deputy, received the most votes with 4,486;

• Goddard, a captain with the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office, received 4,446 votes;

• Klang, Pequot Lakes police chief, received 3,895 votes.

Pickar and Goddard now will go head to head in the general election Nov. 6—less than three months away. The sheriff candidate who wins the general election will take office Jan. 1, 2019. Current Sheriff Todd Dahl announced his retirement and will be done Dec. 31.

"We are feeling excited that the voters are behind our vision," Pickar said. "The vision we have been campaigning on with mental health, sex trafficking, child safety, community policing, K-9 and proactive enforcement of drugs. We've had these same goals since Day 1 and the other candidates tried to mirror these goals as their campaigns progressed. These are programs I am passionate about and want to improve on."

"It has been an awesome night and we appreciate everyone getting out to vote," Goddard said. "I think we have the strongest message in moving the sheriff's office forward. We look forward to talking to more people in the future. We feel confident with the results coming in and we are ecstatic. We look forward to moving forward."

Klang was unavailable for comment after midnight.

During the night as results were reported, Pickar consistently held a lead. When 11 out of 64 precincts were in Pickar had 1,201 votes, Goddard with 1,073 and Klang with 993. Then when there were 29 precincts reporting—or 45.31 percent—Pickar had 2,907, Goddard with 2,678 and Klang with 2,405. With 50 percent of the precincts in Pickar had 3,075; Goddard had 2,951 and Klang had 2,623.

Goddard closed the gap in Pickar's lead when 39 precincts were reported—he was 20 votes short or .19 percent down.

Goddard is a lifelong resident of Crow Wing County, growing up in the Pequot Lakes/Jenkins Township area. He has worked for the sheriff's office for more than 18 years and has been in law enforcement for 24 years.

Pickar is a lifelong resident of Crow Wing County, from Fort Ripley and currently living in Baxter. He has been with the sheriff's office for more than 20 years, serving numerous capacities. Pickar spent seven years with the Crosby Police Department. He currently works part-time as a police officer for the Pequot Lakes Police Department and is deputy chief for the Cuyuna Police Department.