Election 2022: Aaron Hanson elected Douglas County Sheriff

The race for Douglas County Sheriff has been decided
Published: Nov. 18, 2022 at 2:49 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The final round of Douglas County ballot counts made it official: Aaron Hanson will be the new sheriff.

The race between Hanson, a Republican, and Democrat Greg Gonzalez remained close throughout Election Night and after the post-Election Day totals released by the Douglas County Election Commission’s update last Friday.

Hanson led with 88,353 votes to Gonzales’ 84,679 votes — a difference of about 3,600 votes — at the last official Election Night update. That lead tightened to 92,824 for Hason and 91,162 for Gonzales — about 1,600 votes — a week ago.

Friday’s update put the final count at 93,881 votes for Hanson and 92,779 for Gonzalez, a difference of about 1,100 votes.

Douglas County will finalize its votes on Wednesday, Nov. 23 — the day before Thanksgiving. Nebraska officials are scheduled to meet Dec. 5 to certify the state’s election results.

Managing Editor Kevin Westhues and Digital Director Gina Dvorak contributed to this report.