Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins won a fourth term Tuesday night.
Jenkins, the Republican incumbent, defeated Karl Bickel, a Democrat, with 53.9 percent of the vote and 71 of 79 precincts reporting.
The Frederick News-Post was denied entry into Jenkins’ election watch party in Lewistown. A representative for the campaign said the newspaper was not welcome at the event.
Jenkins did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
Jenkins has served in law enforcement for 28 years, 12 of which have been as sheriff in Frederick County.
In 2008, Jenkins oversaw the county’s partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the 287(g) program, which allows sheriff’s deputies to investigate the immigration status of anyone brought to the county detention center. These officers may also begin the deportation process.
The program has placed 1,608 people in the U.S. illegally into deportation proceedings, including 106 gang members, according to a November editorial by Jenkins.
In September, Jenkins and County Executive Jan Gardner announced the county detention center’s work release site as a possible location for an addiction detox center. Jenkins campaigned on his agency’s response to the opioid crisis. Sheriff’s deputies responded to 117 nonfatal and 26 fatal overdoses in 2017, according to agency data. Jenkins oversaw department training in the use of naloxone, a drug treatment used to reverse opioid-related overdoses.
All election results are unofficial until absentee ballots and provisional ballots are counted. As of Tuesday evening, 6,854 absentee ballots had been issued to Frederick County voters, and 3,592 of them had been returned, according to the state Board of Elections website. Canvasses of provisional ballots will begin at 10 a.m. on Nov. 14 and Nov. 16.
The sheriff serves a four-year term and has a salary of $125,000 per year.