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Democrat Charmaine McGuffey won the Hamilton County Sheriff's race last week, becoming the first female sheriff ever in the county. She defeated Republican opponent Bruce Hoffbauer 52% to 48%.

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It's a dream job for newly elected Charmaine McGuffey to take the reins at the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. And now that she'll be leading the department, she's promising to bring big changes in the name of criminal justice reform and equity. 

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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.

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Challenger Charmaine McGuffey has ousted Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil in a bitter, hard-fought primary.

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Law enforcement officials and the inmates that they are responsible for overseeing are facing challenges brought on by COVID-19. The Marion Correctional Institution, 50 miles north of Columbus, has nearly 2,000 inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19. That represents about 80% of the prison's inmates. 

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Cincinnati Edition speaks with Sheriff Jim Neil and challenger Charmaine McGuffey about their backgrounds, qualifications and priorities for the position of Hamilton County sheriff.

They will face off against each other in the Democratic primary for the office on March 17.

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A candidate for re-election to a Hamilton County office who can't get the endorsement of his or her party is a true rarity in local politics.

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For any politician, getting the boot from your own political party is no easy feat to accomplish.

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Hamilton County Democratic Party leaders did something Saturday morning that is extremely rare in local politics – they yanked the party endorsement of an incumbent elected official – in this case, Sheriff Jim Neil.