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Midland County residents will see a contested primary race this March, with two local lawmen now seeking the Republican nomination for sheriff.

Tom Hain, the police chief for the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, recently added his name to the sheriff’s race.

According to a press release, Chief Hain has over 35 years of experience in law enforcement, beginning with the Big Spring Police Department in 1984. Chief Hain then worked for the Odessa Police Department, the Ector County Independent School District Police, and served as chief deputy for the Reagan County Sheriff’s Office.

After serving in Arizona as the police chief for the city of Page, Chief Hain returned to Midland, where he was appointed to his current position at UTPB.

“I am looking forward to hearing from all citizens of Midland to understand their thoughts, ideas, and concerns,” Hain wrote on his campaign Facebook page.

Hain joins longtime Midland Sheriff’s Office veteran and Chief Deputy Rory McKinney in seeking the Republican nomination.