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It looks like the winners of the sheriff’s race in Hennepin County are Rich Stanek and Dave Hutchinson.

They were the top-two vote-getters in the primary election on Tuesday. A third candidate, Joseph Banks, does not advance. Banks is a former police chief of the Upper Sioux Police Department who is a bail bondsman.

Stanek garnered 49 percent of the vote, while Hutch had 35.

Stanek is seeking a third term in office, first elected in 2006. He is a former Minneapolis police officer and a former state legislator from Maple Grove.

Hutchinson, who appeared on the ballot as Hutch, is a sergeant with Metro Transit Police, with 15 years of experience.

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Tim Engstrom is the north regional editor for the Lakeshore, Eden Prairie, Chanhassen and Chaska papers. He is passionate about outdoor and community reporting and is direct and solutions-oriented. He enjoys being with family, disc golf and cycling.

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