Democratic incumbent Antonio Estrada won handily in his quest for a sixth term as Santa Cruz County sheriff.

With all 24 county precincts reporting Wednesday morning, Estrada had 6,300 votes (54.5 percent) to 5,245 (45.4 percent) for challenger Eddie Rosas, Jr., according to unofficial results from the County Elections Office.

Those numbers will still change slightly as provisional ballots are counted, but it is highly improbable that the outcome will be affected.

Estrada, 69, of Nogales, first took office in 1993 after 25 years as an officer with the Nogales Police Department. During an interview with the Nogales International in October, Estrada said that one of his biggest assets was his age, which shows his decades of experience as a lawman.

Rosas, 52, a native of Nogales who now resides in Rio Rico, works as a consultant with the Department of Defense. His campaign focused on his years of experience on the streets of Nogales while serving as a city police officer and as chief of police, as well as working with the DOD on five continents.

Estrada ran unopposed in the Aug. 28 Democratic primary election. Rosas ran as in Independent in the general election. No Republican candidates ran for sheriff.

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