Democrat Gary Hall and Republican Richard Perea will face off in the November general election for Valencia County sheriff.

Hall led the four-candidate Democratic race with 1,572 votes. Larry Garcia was the next closest candidate with 1,280, followed by Julian Cordova, who had 1,200 votes, and Julian Torrez with 1,127 votes.

In the Republican race, Perea defeated Rafael Antonio Villa 2,020 votes to 649 votes.

“I’ll continue pushing forward for the general election,” Hall said. “I want to involve the county as much as possible in the race. I’m very pleased with the turnout of this election.”

He said he knows Perea and “we’ll be able to run a nice, clean race.”

Perea said “I’m glad it turned out the way it did. This is the first time I’ve run for an office. I didn’t expect it to be this good. I appreciate the support of the Republican voters. It’s been a long, hard primary race. Now I will get ready for the general election.”

Perea, 42, is a sergeant for the Valencia County Sheriff’s Department. Hall, 49, is the administrative lieutenant for the sheriff’s department.

It’s the first run for political office for both men.

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