FRANKLIN COUNTY— Dane Anthony is looking forward to his anticipated return to the Franklin County Sheriff’s office in January.
“I’ve missed it,” he said of the almost four years since he decided not to run for reelection in 2015.
On Tuesday, he defeated his 2016 replacement, Sheriff Dan Brown, at the polls by a 20% margin. Anthony received 9,070 votes to incumbent Brown’s 6,072 votes.
“I’m excited,” he said. “I’m looking forward to returning to the office.”
Most of Anthony’s career was spent in the county sheriff’s office. He started there as a sheriff’s deputy in 1986 and except for a brief stint as liaison with the county probation department, spent almost two decades there.
In 2007 he successfully ran for Sheriff, serving two terms before announcing his retirement at the end of his second term in 2015.
“There was a lot going on in my life then,” he said of that decision.
One of those things was a cancer diagnosis for his wife Teresa. With her cancer in remission, she encouraged him to run again this year.
Win puts Anthony on November ballot
The win in Pennsylvania’s primary election puts Antony on this fall’s general election ballot as the Republican nominee for the office.
Although the Democrats did not have a candidate for the office in the primary, there were 891 write-ins for the office. The county election board will announce within the next two weeks which of those got enough to appear on the ballot in November as the. Democrats candidate.
On Tuesday night, Anthony’s focus was on thanking his family, friends and supporters for helping him win the primary, not on the fall general election.
“To my Franklin County friends and family, you got me across the finish line and it didn’t go unnoticed,” he said.
On Wednesday, he said he anticipates winning the November election and returning to lead the sheriff’s office once again in January.
“I am really looking forward to it,’ he said. “I love Franklin County. I care about the county and its people.”