Fired Mesa County Sheriff's Office employee Steve King running for Sheriff, gets opponent

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A Colorado state senator running for Mesa County sheriff is drawing opposition to his bid after allegations surfaced that he falsified a timecard at the sheriff's office, where he worked part-time.

Republican state Sen. Steve King was initially running unopposed. But The Denver Post reports that Mesa County Sheriff's deputy Patrick Arotin submitted a petition with 1,392 signatures to get on the ballot for sheriff. That's more than the required 750 signatures.

Two additional ballot hopefuls have until Aug. 11 to submit enough signatures to get on the ballot, and there are two other write-in candidates.

King was fired last month over allegations that he lied on his timecard and for insubordination after being confronted about it.

The Arapahoe County District Attorney's office is investigating the matter.

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