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With nearly all precincts reporting, Charmaine McGuffey has overcome Republican challenger Bruce Hoffbauer to become Hamilton County's first woman and openly LGBTQ sheriff, making her the highest-ranking woman in the history of the office.

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In November, Hamilton County voters pick a new sheriff. Democratic candidate Charmaine McGuffey defeated current sheriff Jim Neil in the primary. She now faces Republican Bruce Hoffbauer.

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After a contentious Democratic primary where Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil failed to gain his own party’s endorsement, his fellow Democratic challenger Charmaine McGuffey now faces Bruce Hoffbauer to be the highest-ranking lawperson in the county.