Sen. Steve King drops out of Mesa County sheriff's race

MESA COUNTY, Colo. - A Colorado state senator is dropping out of the Mesa County sheriff's race after allegations surfaced that he falsified a timecard at the sheriff's office while working there part-time.

In announcing his decision, Republican state Sen. Steve King said he thought ending his campaign was the best thing "for the greater good."

KKCO-TV reported that he offered a general apology to those who put their faith in him but didn't directly address the allegations in his statement.

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

King had been 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.

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