OTTAWA - Brian Siefker will represent the Republican Party in November's race to become Putnam County's next sheriff, earning nearly 82 percent of the votes. Siefker, a Putnam County deputy, picked up 8,143 votes, compared to Columbus Grove Police Chief Nick Gilgenbach's 1,824 votes. Siefker faces Leipsic Police Chief Dennis Cupp, who is running as an independent, in the November election. Former Putnam County Sheriff Michael Chandler was also on the ballot, but he passed away from complications from surgery earlier this year. A pair of interim sheriffs, first Dave Roney and now Tim Meyer, filled the role. Read more about this story in Wednesday's The Lima News. Click here to see the updated version of the story.