Boyd ousts Davis for sheriff

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Mike Phillips, of Cassville, turns in his ballot for counting in the Missouri Primary Election on Tuesday. Just before noon, about 320 people had cast ballots in the city of Cassville. Kyle Troutman/

Cassville Police Detective Danny Boyd will be the next sheriff of Barry County after defeating one-term incumbent Gary Davis and challenger Travis Hilburn in the Missouri Primary Election on Tuesday.

In the all-Republican race, with the winner to be on November’s General Election ballot unopposed, Boyd won with 2,648 votes (39 percent), Hilburn had 2,370 votes (35 percent), and Davis rounded out the candidates with 1,791 votes (26 percent).

Boyd said he could not have been happier with the support he received.

“This is simply amazing, and i’m blessed to have some great family and friends,” he said. “They came out and supported my campaign hard, and we put a lot of hours into meetings and getting the word out. I just want to give a big thank you to my family and supporters.”

“It was really different this year because going door-to-door was touchy [because of the COVID-19 pandemic], so we had to do things a little different and my supporters did a tremendous job.”

Boyd said as far as the numbers, he thought the close race would be even closer.

“I figured it would be closer than what it was, even with Gary,” he said. “i thought it was going to be all three of us neck-and-neck.”

Boyd said going forward, his focus will be on learning the ins and outs of the office.

“I will spend some time at the department to familiarize myself with the sheriff’s office’s policies and procedures and build from there,” he said. “I have about three or four months to see how I want to make things better for the community.”

Davis, who defeated Boyd, Hilburn and three other candidates in the Republican primary in 2016, said all three were at the Barry County courthouse this year waiting for results.

“I congratulated Sheriff Boyd and wished him the best, and I told him I would give him any help he needs if he wants it,” he said.

Davis said in regard to the result, he thinks his challengers campaigned well.

“They probably campaigned a little harder,” he said. “I know they did in outlying areas. Recovering from my broken hip, I didn’t get out as much as I wanted, but that’s just an excuse. People decided they wanted Danny this time, and that’s why we live in a Democracy.

“I wish him the best because this is my home and I will still be living in Barry County.”

Davis said he has no intention to try to win the seat back in four years.

“Even if I had won this time, it would have been my last term,” he said. “I have enjoyed the last four years. I hope I have done a good job and that Danny can come in and make it even better.”

Hilburn said he was happy with how the race turned out, even being only 278 votes behind the winner.

“I am happy we are getting a change in the sheriff’s office,” he said. “I want to congratulate Danny. He ran a good race — it was good and fair this time.”

Hilburn said he was not surprised by the close the result.

“I knew we’d run a close race and been talking about that all along,” he said. “A lot of people know Danny, and he’s a qualified officer.”

In the future Hilburn said he is unsure if he will toss his hat in again.

“There’s always a chance,” he said.

Boyd will be sworn in as the new sheriff in January.

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