MISSOULA – Missoula County Sheriff T.J. McDermott has once again defeated Josh Clark in the Democratic primary for Missoula County Sheriff.
McDermott received 9,503 votes late Tuesday night while Clark received 5,348.
McDermott is seeking a second term as Missoula County Sheriff and Coroner. He will face Sheriff’s Detective Travis Wafstet in the general election, who is running as Independent in November.
8:50 p.m. — In a rematch from four years ago, Missoula County Sheriff T.J. McDermott and Josh Clark, the former undersheriff, are facing each other again in this year’s Democratic primary.
McDermott now leads Clark with 3,485 (65%) votes to 1,855 (35%) votes.
Tuesday night’s winner will face Sheriff’s Detective Travis Wafstet, who is running as Independent in November. You can click here to see continuously updating voter results from the Montana Secretary of State’s Office.
McDermott is seeking a second term as Missoula County Sheriff and Coroner. He began his career with the Anaconda Police Department in 1995. In 1998 he joined Missoula police and in 2003 he joined the sheriff’s office. In 2011 was selected by the National Association of Police Organizations as one of the nation’s Top Cops for his work on a cold case.
Josh Clark has 22 years of law enforcement experience in Missoula. In 1994 he began his career with the Missoula Police Department, then in 2003 he moved over to the Sheriff’s office. He served as deputy coroner from 2006 to 2014. He also was a deputy sheriff and captain. He was named Missoula Domestic Violence Officer of the Year twice.