Republican candidate Noel Brown swept away with the votes in the race for the Bulloch County sheriff’s seat Tuesday, with 15,924 votes to 7,948 votes for Democratic candidate Keith Howard — a 66.71 percent lead over Howard’s 33.29 percent.
Both men were vying for the seat which will be vacated by current Sheriff Lynn Anderson, who announced last spring that he will retire at the end of the year.
The sheriff’s race was a lively one, with Brown first overcoming Republican opponent Jared Akins, who is currently Bulloch County’s chief deputy, in the general primary.
Howard said he chose to run on the Democratic ticket in order to avoid a three-way split between himself, Brown and Akins.
Howard acknowledged Brown’s win Tuesday evening.
“God chose Noel, it appears,” Howard said. “I wish him, the employees and citizens the best. Thanks to my family, friends and supporters.”
Brown praised Howard for a positive race. Throughout the campaign, when they met each other, “we shook hands, and he was cordial and kind,” Brown said.
He said he looks forward to attending “sheriff’s school” and being Bulloch County’s sheriff.
“I’m ready to do a job I’ve dreamed about since I was a small child,” he said. “I will serve people with pride, knowing that I will support all the people. The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and my love for people will be my guide to solving problems that may arise from day to day inside our office and community.”
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.