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Akins, Brown face off in sheriffs debate
Republicans to host event Tuesday
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Two of three candidates seeking election as Bulloch County’s next sheriff will take the stage Tuesday, April 12, to answer questions from citizens about themselves and what they plan to do if elected.

Jared Akins and Noel Brown, both currently employed with the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, are running on the Republican ticket. Tuesday’s debate is hosted by the Bulloch County Republican Party and the Georgia Southern College Republicans.

Brown is a sergeant with the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, having worked with the agency for 18 years, and is currently the senior deputy in charge of civil and warrants with the Courts Service Division.

Akins is chief deputy of the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, having been with the department for 15 years, serving as deputy, supervisor and investigator before becoming chief deputy in 2013.

The winner of the race between the two will be determined by the May 24 primary. Afterwards, the winning Republican candidate will oppose Democratic candidate Keith Howard, with the winner announced after the November general election.

The sheriff’s race debate will be held in the Statesboro High School auditorium at 6 p.m. and will be moderated by Statesboro City Councilman Phil Boyum.

According to the Bulloch County Republican Party’s website,, “The debate will provide the first open forum between the two candidates to discuss where they stand on the issues.”

The event is open to the public.

Lindsay Gribble, spokesperson for the Bulloch County Republican Party, said the debate will allow citizens to get involved and ask questions.

“Locally, the sheriff’s race has high interest,” she said. “There is a lot of momentum, and it is really good to get the community to come out and get a sense of who the candidates are and what they are all about.”

The candidates each said they look forward to the debate.

“I think it will be a very good debate,” Brown said. “We will both be very concise and clear, to the point and stay on the topics. If there is something I can’t answer, I’ll be honest.”

The forum will be informative as well, Akins said.

“This will be good for citizens having the opportunity to ask questions about how their tax dollars are being spent,” he said. “We’ve made a lot of progress in the past three years, and citizens will have the opportunity to hear our plans to make public safety better in Bulloch County. We look forward to the opportunity to speak to the citizens.”


Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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