BELFAST — Democratic candidate Jason Trundy won the Waldo County Sheriff’s race during the Nov. 8 midterm election, beating Republican candidate Todd Boisvert. With all votes in Wednesday morning, The Republican Journal’s final tally stood at 11,323 to 9,246, with 55% of the votes for Trundy and 45% for Boisvert.

Trundy has served as chief deputy under retiring Waldo County Sheriff Jeffrey Trafton, who has been in office since 2014 but decided not to run for reelection this year. Despite his having full support from Trafton, it was a highly contested race. Political signs for the two candidates proliferated along roads and in yards across the county.

Trundy, who was born and grew up in Waldo County, has spent his entire law enforcement career with the local Sheriff’s Office, working as a correctional officer, patrol deputy, criminal investigator, jail administrator and patrol lieutenant.

He hopes to address such issues as mental health and substance use disorders as they relate to crime and safety in the county. He is also looking to attract qualified applicants to the Sheriff’s Office to keep departments fully staffed.

Boisvert is a U.S. Air Force veteran with over 30 years of experience in law enforcement. He joined the Searsport police force as chief after rising through the ranks of the Woonsocket, Rhode Island, police department, where he started in 1992. He campaigned on what he saw as a need for more policing in the county, in particular going after the drug problem, but also stressed the importance of compassion and respect in dealing with people.

The margin between the two candidates in some towns was as narrow as just a few votes, such as Liberty, where 253 residents voted for Trundy and 252 for Boisvert. In Swanville, 359 people voted for Boisvert and 357 for Trundy, and in Searsport, where Boisvert lives and works, 684 people voted for him, while 680 voted for Trundy.

Trundy won his largest margin in Belfast with 2,544 votes to 927 for Boisvert. There were 108 blank ballots in the city.