Jun 4, 2014 7:36 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News
The hotly contested race for San Luis Obispo County District Attorney was decided during Tuesday's Primary Election.
With 100% of precincts reporting, Dan Dow won 53.3 percent of the vote. His opponent, Tim Covello won 44.53 percent.
It's been a heated race since November, when the current District Attorney, Gerry Shea, announced he wasn't running again. Both Dow and Covello work together in the D.A.'s office.
Dow currently serves as Deputy District Attorney, and Covello serves as Assistant District Attorney.
"I'm really excited that we can put this campaign behind us and go back to doing the great work that we do as Deputy District Attorneys on the front lines of protecting the community every day, and we're excited to move forward. We need to continue to build this team. We've had it kind of broken apart over the last several months, and I think going forward, that's the most important thing, is to build our team," said Dow.
"We thought the numbers would be closer. We thought we would close the gap as the evening went on, but we didn't. It's been an honor and a privilege to serve for the last 21 years and going forward, we'll have to see if I continue my public service here or in another context," said Covello.
Dow will take over as District Attorney in January. When asked if he plans to work with Covello in the future, he said it was too early to make any decisions or comment on personnel changes. Covello also said it was too early to know what is in store for the future.
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