A Maryland State Police corporal won his party's nod to run for Washington County sheriff in the Nov. 7 general election, according to complete, but unofficial results Tuesday.
Rich Poffenberger, 46, of 11813 Big Spring Road in Clear Spring, likely will face sheriff's Col. Douglas W. Mullendore, a Democrat, in the general election if his lead from Tuesday's primary election holds up.
According to the Washington County Board of Elections, Poffenberger led three other Republican candidates, with all 50 precincts reporting.
The results show Dan Seiler, 58, of 401 Thames St. in Hagerstown, chief investigator for COPS Inc., a Hagerstown-based private investigations firm, trailed Poffenberger by more than 1,000 votes. Seiler finished just ahead of retired deputy William Blair, 52, of 8659 Downsville Pike in Williamsport, for second place. Jon Galley, 62, of 17829 Garden Spot Drive in Hagerstown, warden of Western Correctional Institution, was fourth.
Mullendore, who was endorsed by Sheriff Charles F. Mades, ran unopposed.