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Democratic primary for Orangeburg Sheriff is Tuesday

Sheriff Larry Williams, who died in September Sheriff Larry Williams, who died in September

ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) - Voters in Orangeburg County are headed to the polls Tuesday to select a Democratic candidate in the race for county sheriff.

The candidates are Rusty Collier, John Cokley, Leroy Ravenell, Mernard Clarkson and Bobby Jones. The winner of the primary will face Floyd Allen Hiott, the only Republican running in the race.

Polls are open in Orangeburg from 7:00am to 7:00pm. If a runoff is needed, it will be held Tuesday, December 21. The special election will be held January 25.

For Patina Antley, the main quality she's looking for in the next sheriff is a leader concerned about young folks. "Someone who will take interest in our community to give something positive for the children to look forward to," said Antley.

Ravenell is a commander at the Orangeburg Sheriff's Department. Jones is a Community Response Unit Investigator with the department. Clarkson is currently a Deputy Major, Cokley, is a former Captain of Narcotics at the sheriff's department, and Collier retired as a sergeant there.

Each candidate has more than 10 years of experience in law enforcement. Antley hopes the top vote getter will create activities to keep children safe and off the streets. "They need something positive to look forward to, to focus on so they'll know they can get an education just to stay out of the system period," said Antley.

Polls are open in Orangeburg from 7:00am to 7:00pm. If necessary, a runoff will be held on December 21. The special election is set for January 25 of next year.

The election is being held to fill the seat left vacant by Sheriff Larry Williams, who died in September.

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