Marion County Sheriff Lee Becker confirmed Monday that he has decided to try to retain his office as a write-in candidate in the Nov. 4 general election.
Becker came up 31 votes short out of 2,301 votes cast of holding off challenger Rob Craft in the Republican primary.
Becker said he continues to be told by supporters that they failed to go to the polls because they were confident he would win the election without them.
Becker requested and received a recount of the ballots on Friday. The recount did not change the outcome.
As is the practice when a recount request does not change the result, Becker paid a fee of less than $50 to cover the expense.
Craft declined to comment on Becker?s decision.