Sheriff Shannon Dicus is leading in the race for San Bernardino County Sheriff, according to unofficial election results Tuesday night, June 7.
“I am completely overwhelmed with the support from the voters of San Bernardino County,” Dicus said in a written statement shortly after the first set of results were released by the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters. “Votes are still being calculated, but based on the current ballot returns, we are confident that we are going to win.”
As of midnight, with 88,903 votes counted, Dicus had picked up 73.49% of the votes to Harris’ 26.47%.
The Tuesday primary was Dicus’ first-ever electoral test.
He was appointed to the position in July 2021 by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, to replace retiring sheriff John McMahon.
Dicus campaigned on hiring more deputies for unincorporated communities, supporting youth education programs that encourage young people to consider law enforcement careers, support for concealed carry weapons permits and upgrading Sheriff’s Department technology.
He faced a fellow career law enforcement officer, former San Bernardino County and Riverside County deputy Clifton Lee Harris. Harris would be the first Black sheriff in the county’s 212-year history if elected.
He campaigned on ending racial profiling by the department, implementing a civil rights commission to investigate issues related to the department, ending cronyism and nepotism in the department, and being more responsive to the public.