Orangeburg Co. deputy wins Democratic nomination for sheriff

ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) - A commander with the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Department has won the Democratic nomination for sheriff there.

With all precincts reporting, Leroy Ravenell came in first place with 5,634 votes -- over twice as many as his closest opponent.

Retired Sergeant Russell Collier came in second with 2,037 votes, followed by Deputy Major Mernard Clarkson with 1,028, former Captain of Narcotics John Cokley with 328, and Investigator Bobby Jones with 185.

A total of 9,212 people voted in Tuesday's primary, which is 15.8% voter turnout.

Ravenell and will face the only Republican candidate, Floyd Allen Hiott, in the January 25 special election. The two candidates are running to replace former Sheriff Larry Williams, who died in September.

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