Peyton Grinnell Soars to Victory in Sheriff’s Race
EUSTIS — Chief Deputy Peyton Grinnell will take control of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office after a towering victory Tuesday.
The Republican candidate captured just over 67 percent of the votes Tuesday, solidifying his bid to succeed Gary Borders as sheriff.
Grinnell said voters made the right choice in selecting him over Clermont Police Chief Charles Broadway, who ran as a non-party affiliate.
“I believe the citizens have a lot of trust and confidence in me,” he said.
Grinnell’s victory party was held at Cobb’s Triangle Tractor in Eustis, where the lobby was adorned with green and gold decorations — the LSCO’s colors — and many of his supporters sported green T-shirts. Songs such as “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang and “Gonna Fly Now,” the theme from the movie “Rocky,” hyped up the crowd as they greeted him with applause and cheers.
“It’s been an incredible journey,” said Grinnell, who spent most of the day driving to polls where he talked to volunteers and waved signs.
Grinnell, 48, of Lady Lake, said that one of his first priorities as sheriff is to revise the D.A.R.E. program in Lake County schools.
“It’s very important we have this interaction with kids,” he said.
Grinnell also plans to focus on protecting seniors from fraud and scams, cracking down on cyber crimes targeting children and addressing distracted driving and DUIs.
He has worked at the Sheriff’s Office since 1994, but has been helping to run the day-to-day operations for a decade.
Broadway held an election party at Calabria Restaurant in Clermont after spending the day visiting various polling places.
“A lot of people are ready for change, ready for a fresh new set of ideas,” Broadway said Tuesday afternoon before the results came in.
Broadway said he had several supporters who helped him campaign, but knew Grinnell’s popularity would make for a tough race.
“I knew I was the underdog,” Broadway said.