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Sheriff endorses Barnes for governor

McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall, who also serves as president of the Georgia Sheriff's Association, is among the latest law enforcement officials to publicly endorse Roy Barnes as Georgia's next governor.

Sheriff Marshall and the former governor have been friends for several years. Mr. Barnes, a Democrat, earlier this year made a campaign swing through Thomson where he visited with the sheriff and several other elected officials.

With the recent endorsement of Sheriff Marshall, Mr. Barnes now has more than 25 current or former sheriffs across the state publicly supportive of him.

A former prosecutor, Mr. Barnes, who has served one term as governor in the past, said Monday at a press conference in Forsyth that he officially had received the endorsement of 28 active and retired sheriffs.

Mr. Barnes, a Democrat and longtime advocate of law enforcement, will be vying against either Karen Handel or Nathan Deal, both Republicans, in the November General Election. Mrs. Handel, former secretary of state, and Mr. Deal currently are involved in a runoff election, which is slated for Tuesday, Aug. 10, since neither of them garnered the necessary 50 plus 1 to represent their political party during the recent Primary Elections in Georgia.

"Throughout his public life, Roy has been standing by law enforcement's side, helping us fight crime and combat violence," Monroe County Sheriff John Cary Bittick said during the news conference on Monday. "There's one thing you can't argue with -- Roy is tough on crime."

Emanuel County Sheriff Tyson Stephens echoed those sentiments, saying, "His record of supporting local law enforcement has provided sheriffs, like me, with the resources we need to keep our communities safe. And that's why we're proud to endorse him."

Some of the area sheriffs supporting Mr. Barnes include:

Greg Coursey -- Burke County;

Dean Couch -- Glascock County;

Gary Hutchins -- Jefferson County;

Tomyln Primus -- Hancock County; and

Thomas Smith -- Washington County.

Web posted on Thursday, August 05, 2010

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