Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier conceded his race to Democratic challenger Chris Nanos on Monday.
In a statement released on the Sheriff’s Department website, Napier said he waited to concede until all the votes were counted.
“I have not made a statement before now not out of a desire to be difficult, obstinate or acrimonious. Rather, it was out of an abiding respect for the process and for the sanctity of every vote. Now it appears certain that I have not been successful in re-election,” Napier wrote.
The race for Pima County Sheriff was decided by 3,400 votes. More than 500,000 ballots were cast in the race.
Napier said he will remain “actively engaged” as sheriff until his term expires at the end of the year and it is his “duty” to ensure a smooth transition.
The race was a rematch of the 2016 election that Napier won.