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It appears Democratic candidate Tom Dion will be Butler County's next sheriff.

According to unofficial election results (in which all 12 precincts were reported) on Tuesday night, Dion beat out Republican and incumbent Marcus Siebken and write-in Republican candidate Shawn Gray.

As of 10:40 p.m., Dion received 50.16 percent of the vote (1,722), Siebken 38.04 percent (1,306) and 11.80 percent (405) went to write in candidates, including Gray.

After serving in the U.S. Army from 1982-1988, Dion moved to David City with his family and started working for Timpte, followed by a time at Schwan’s, before being asked by Sheriff Mark Hecker in 1999 to join the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

He moved his way up to the role of sergeant during his more than 16 years working with under Hecker and previous Sheriff Leo Meister. During that time, he became Butler County’s first K-9 unit handler.

Following the passing of his 26-year-old daughter, Melissa, in 2014, along with the death of Strecker that same year and his mother in 2015, Dion elected to step away from the office in January 2016. Today, Dion works as a David City Power Plant employee and works part-time for the Humphrey Police Department.

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at


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Eric Schucht earned his bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Oregon in 2018. He has written for The Cottage Grove Sentinel, The Creswell Chronicle, The Pacific Northwest Inlander and The Roseburg News Review.

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