SHELBY COUNTY, Mo. —  The race for Shelby County Sheriff got less crowded. Candidate Cole Hinshaw bowed out Wednesday, July 8, in a four-man Republican race for the post, announcing his decision on his personal Facebook page.

Hindshaw says he’s accepted a position with the Missouri State Highway Patrol as a trooper, something he always wanted to do. Hindshaw’s name still appear on the August 4 primary ballot, according to reporting in the Macon County Home Press, but he doesn’t want people to vote for him.

He was one of six candidates vying for sheriff. The field now stands with three Republicans: Brad Wilt, Arron Fredrickson and Raymond Barton, one Democrat Chris Ehrenreich and one independent Matt Mefford.