Hooker defeats incumbent Gosset for Roosevelt sheriff

Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers

There’ll be a new sheriff in town.

Challenger Darren Hooker easily defeated incumbent Thomas M. Gossett in Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Sheriff Republican primary.

Hooker received 939 votes to 625 for Gossett with all 23 precincts reporting.

With no challenger on the Democratic ticket, Hooker will be unopposed in the general election in November.

As he was congratulated by friends and family on Tuesday night at the Roosevelt County Courthouse, Hooker walked up to Gossett and they both shook hands.
“I’m so excited to have won, I take the challenge and I want to do what’s right for the county,” Hooker said.

He added that the campaign has been an interesting road and he wasn’t really surprised by the final results.

“Everywhere I went throughout my campaign people said, ‘You’re going to win it, you’ll have no problems,’ and I of course could not let myself feel that way until tonight,” Hooker said.

Gossett said he felt there was a low voter turnout and that was a surprise.

“I think it’s a good right to have, to vote, and I think people should exercise it, but I want to thank everyone that voted for me and supported me,” Gossett said.

Gossett said he didn’t have as much time campaigning as he would have liked.

“I did my best with the resources I had available and it’s just one of those things,” he said. “I was still working all the time and after you worked all day, you’re kind of tired and don’t have a lot of time to campaign.”

Gossett said after finishing his term as sheriff he will work on his farm where he raises horses.

As for Hooker, he will be back at work as a deputy sheriff and will be sworn in as county sheriff on Jan. 1. He has been a Roosevelt County Deputy since 1999.

“Between now and then there won’t be any changes, I won’t be doing anything other than what the current administration deems necessary,” Hooker said. “But Jan. 1, we’ll just get in there and continue to work, continue to do the right thing and just go forward is all we want to do.”

Results are unofficial until canvassed on Friday, according to the Roosevelt County Clerk’s office.