Posted: Nov 7, 2012 4:22 PM by KXLF Media Center
On the day after the election citizens of Butte-Silver Bow react to the results.
"I thought Sheriff Walsh was doing a good job, but the other man was very good too, so I was really surprised that they were so far apart," said Mark Schneiter.
Ed Lester won the race for sheriff against his superior, Incumbent John Walsh by nearly 3,500 votes.
"I'm excited about it and I'm happy about the turnout. Looking forward to the new job," said Ed Lester after hearing the latest numbers come in after 1a.m. Wednesday morning.
"The separation between the two was huge," said Lenny Williams of Butte. "Walsh, I thought had done a fairly good job in Butte. I think people when I talked them out on the streets they just felt that it was time for a new guy to step into office."
The tight race between Incumbent Paul Babb and Matt Vincent also surprised Butte-Silver Bow. Vincent won with 153 more votes.
"Being an incumbent you always have that advantage, so for him to come up and get this close that's really remarkable," Williams said.
"I'm going to bring the community back into our local government and our local government is going to be happy to serve our public," said Matt Vincent in an interview following the news of his election.
"Well I really didn't know how that one was going to go one way or the other," said Kevin Lowney of Butte. "I think you have two very qualified candidates and both of them would do a good job in different ways."