Regalado, Berry To Rematch In November For Tulsa County Sheriff

Tuesday, June 28th 2016, 10:19 pm
By: News On 6

The November election for the next Tulsa County sheriff will look very similar to April’s special election.

Tuesday night, Tulsa County voters cast their ballots for current sheriff Vic Regalado and Democratic candidate Rex Berry.

Election Day Results

With over 60 percent of the votes, both Regalado beat out competitors Luke Sherman and Russell Crow while Berry defeated Arthur Jackson.

6/28/2016 Related Story: Voters Cast Ballots For Republican, Democratic Tulsa County Sheriff Candidates

The two have faced off once already for the same title in April during a special election to fill the vacated seat of former sheriff Stanley Glanz.

Regalado won that race with about 60 percent of the vote and became the first ever Hispanic Tulsa County sheriff.

4/5/2016 Related Story: Republican Vic Regalado Elected Tulsa County Sheriff

The next election will be held November 8.

Tuesday, however, Regalado and Berry were focused on their opponents within their own party.

Regalado gave his victory speech around 8:30 p.m. and thanked his family for sticking by his side.

He also thanked Tulsa County voters for seeing past the negativity, referring to the attack ads his opponent aired against him.

"It takes a toll on you,” Regalado said. “You try to stay out of it and not even worry about it, but then you have your kids coming and going, ‘oh my gosh, why are they saying these things?’ You have to sit down and explain it to them and say, ‘hey, you know, this is part of it. Your dad’s a public figure. Things are going to be said, and you just got to get thick skin.’"

Sherman said he was optimistic that he could leave as the new Tulsa County sheriff. He lost, but instead of being sad, Sherman said he’s optimistic of that Regalado will beat his Democratic challenger.

For the last 24 years, Sherman has been an officer with the Tulsa Police Department. He said he's proud of how far he's come and plans to continue to serve the people of Tulsa, despite falling short this election.

Sherman said Regalado has a tough job ahead of him and has faith that he'll be able to do it.

He said when it comes to protecting the citizens of Tulsa and Tulsa County it's a team effort, and everyone must work together.

“Get behind those men and women, cause they are warriors and they do a great job, that is a very difficult job. Not just the deputies, but the detention officers and everybody in that organization that, sort of, had to get beat up the last nine month. My challenge is, my commitment to them is Tulsa police support you, the rest of the community supports you as far as law enforcement. I’m asking the citizens to do the same,” Sherman said.

Sherman said, as of right now, he doesn't plan to run again.