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Earnell Lucas Likely Milwaukee County Sheriff After Winning Democratic Primary

Gabrielle Powell
Earnell Lucas speaks to his supporters after he won the Democratic primary vote for Milwaukee County Sheriff.

Earnell Lucas won Tuesday's Democratic primary for Milwaukee County Sheriff.

He beat two other Democrats running for sheriff, Acting Sheriff Richard Schmidt and Milwaukee County Deputy Sheriff Robert Ostrowski. Lucas will likely win the Nov. 6 general election, as no Republicans ran in the primary. However, there still may be Republican write-ins.

Lucas is Major League Baseball’s Chief Liaison of Security and Investigations for the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. Previously, he was the vice president of security and facility management, overseeing the security operations for all MLB. Lucas is a 25-year veteran of the Milwaukee Police Department. He retired as a captain.

This is the first time there has been an open seat for the position since former Sheriff David Clarke was appointed in 2002, and later elected to the office. Clarke suddenly resigned in 2017.

Lauren Sigfusson
Lauren became WUWM's digital producer in July 2018.
Teran is WUWM's race & ethnicity reporter.
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