MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) Chocolay Township Police Chief Greg Zyburt won the Democratic primary for Marquette County Sheriff in the August 2 election. His first reaction, he said, was a surreal feeling.
"I still didn't believe it until this morning, when I probably had over 300 emails and texts," he said. "I wasn't sure if it was a dream or not."
Zyburt won with 4,241 votes, 40 percent. Marquette County Deputy Lowell Larson came in second with 3,696 votes, 35 percent. Marquette County Undersheriff Mike Klein got 2,649 votes, 25 percent.
Larson said he was looking forward to working with Zyburt.
"A common statement in this campaign was people were confused who to vote for because they felt that there were three qualified candidates," he said. "I told everybody, 'That's a good problem to have.'"
Klein said the loss wouldn't affect his dedication to the job.
"Having this job is the best job I've ever had, as the undersheriff of this county," he said. "I'm still going to be here every day, whenever they need me, at 7 o'clock in the morning, to whenever my day ends."
Zyburt supporters praised him for the work he's done and celebrated his win.
"I've known Greg over 30 years," supporter Aoy LaChapelle said. "Marquette County got it right. This is the man who's going to do the job for all of us."
"You get a lot of other people out there who are, let's say, stern. but Greg is just so kind and willing to learn and listen to the people," campaign volunteer Logan Stauber said. "So I think he's going to be a great sheriff."
Zyburt has said he wants to focus on the major issues affecting Marquette County, like the meth problem and domestic violence.
The August 2 election was just the primary. However, because there are no Republican candidates running for the position, Zyburt is the presumptive winner for Marquette County Sheriff.