Interim Candler County Sheriff Blake Hendrix lost the special election for the sheriff’s seat Tuesday by 13 votes to challenger John Miles Jr., but both men plan to run again when the seat comes up for election in November.
The special election was held for voters to decide on a candidate to serve out the unexpired term of former sheriff Homer Bell, who resigned in October, claiming health issues. Hendrix was appointed to hold the office until Tuesday’s special election.
According to information from the Candler County Voter Registrar’s Office, Miles garnered 1,230 votes to Hendrix’s 1,217 votes.
The seat is up for election again in November, as Bell’s term would have expired Dec. 31.
Hendrix said he intends to run for the office again.
“It was too close a margin to give up that easy,” he said Wednesday.
In a statement on his Facebook campaign page, Hendrix said “First of all, I would like to congratulate John on his win. Most importantly, I would like to thank all of my supporters and donors throughout this process.
“I have been blessed with a great family and a great community to call home. I would like everyone to know that I am not giving up with such a tiny margin of defeat and that I will be qualifying for the Sheriff of Candler County on March 7th for the next term, which starts January 1, 2017.”
Miles said he, too, intends to qualify next week,
“It was a narrow victory for me,” he said. ”I am very happy with the outcome of the special election.”
Miles, who currently works as a Candler County Sheriff’s deputy, said he and Hendrix, a former Georgia State Patrol trooper, work well together, even if they are competing for the same seat.
“I want to say ‘thank you’ to Blake Hendrix for running a clean campaign and for serving as interim sheriff,” he said. “I look forward to serving the residents of this county.”
Qualifying for office is March 7-11, and the general primary election is May 24.
Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.