Franklin County Sheriff’s race: Nichols now faces Pike in November
FARMINGTON - After a convincing win of 1,539 to 806 votes over contender Tom White for the Franklin County sheriff Republican nominee, Scott Nichols, Sr. of New Sharon, will now be facing incumbent Sheriff Dennis Pike, U-Farmington in the November election.
"I'm obviously very happy with the results," said Nichols, who currently serves as Carrabassett Valley's police chief. "I want to thank Tom for his and his family's effort. He ran a good, clean campaign that focused on the issues and the voters decided." White of Jay, is a veteran detective with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, who ran unsuccessfully in a bid for sheriff against Pike four years ago.
Pike, who continues to run for sheriff as an independent candidate, had kept a low profile during the Republican primary race, preferring not to comment until after the primary election. He did turn in nomination papers to the Secretary of State's Office by the June 1 deadline to reserve a place on the November ballot towards a fourth, four-year term as sheriff.
Pike noted he received his first law enforcement badge in November of 1966 and has set a 50-year goal for serving Franklin County. "At an early age, what I most preferred was to be a cop," he said. "Hopefully, I'll make one more term to reach a half century."
With the narrow voter approval of 2,062 yes and 2,035 no for a $598,300 bond to build a new dispatch center, Pike said after years of trying to get something done to ease the constraining space and other out-of-date issues at the current sheriff's office, he is grateful that the new center can now be built.
"I'm elated," he said of the vote. "I'm looking forward to helping with the design construction and implementation of the new dispatch center." He added he wanted to give the building committee credit for the project's approval, particularly dispatcher and committee chair, Stan Wheeler, who presented the plan at public hearings.
Nichols said he, too, is very happy for the new construction approval.
"Every level of public safety - police, fire, ambulance, dispatch, realizes the importance of a new center; the actual need of it to protect the people of Franklin County," Nichols said. He added, "I'm glad it passed and I hope the folks who voted against it will realize how important this is for the benefit of everyone."