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(WBIR - Cocke County) Newport Police Chief Maurice Shults has picked up a petition to run for sheriff of Cocke County.

According to Joyce Slagle, Administrator of Elections for Cocke County, Shults picked up his petition to run for the Republican Primary December 4th, 2013, but has not yet returned it.

Shults has been Police Chief for the City of Newport since 2004, and has been an officer in the city and Cocke County since 1982.

The incumbent is Armondo Fontes. Fontes picked up his petition to run November 26th, 2013, and returned it December 11th.

The primary vote for sheriff is May 6th, 2014.

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