Top 10 Stories of 2010; Story #5

Sheriff Oscar Cowen
Sheriff Oscar Cowen
Bill Dulin

It was the primary election of 2010 and the Starke County Sheriff’s race was one talked about by citizens around the County. Of course, Sheriff’s races always create interest, but this one was different. Deputy Bill Dulin came out early with signs, a sure sign that this was to be a serious effort. Even though Dulin worked hard during the campaign the political pundits game him little hope of upsetting incumbent Oscar Cowen. On Election Day itself, most predicted a sizable win by Cowen.

Then came election night and the vote totals became surprising figures on the tote board at Democrat Election Headquarters. In the end, it was a nail-biter right down to the last precinct. Dulin had come close, oh, so close, to one of the major upsets in Starke County politics. 1,310-1,283 was the final count, but even in defeat Dulin set himself up as the man to beat.

To show that “all is well that ends well” in Starke County politics, the Sheriff made Dulin his First Deputy, and the pair are working hand-in-hand to keep the citizens here safe and sound.