- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - 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 Wednesday, Republican state Sen. Steve King said he thought ending his campaign was the best thing “for the greater good.”

KKCO-TV (https://bit.ly/1mMvTJ7) 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 recently several other candidates have entered the race.

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Information from: KKCO-TV, https://www.nbc11news.com

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