After more than two decades, there will be a new Sheriff in town

After a complicated primary election, the numbers are still coming in. Though absentee ballots are still being counted, here are the latest unofficial standings. 

Locally, a new sheriff has been named. Robert Phillips will be sworn in on January 1, 2021. Phillips will be the first new sheriff since Dobie Conner took office in 1981, after some time out of office; he was then re-elected in 1993 and has served the community since.

“I’m humbled to serve the citizens of Charlton County as Sheriff.  I promise to not only ‘serve and protect’ but lead in a manner that will continue to promote pride and respect in our community. I look forward to working with our current Law Enforcement, Firefighters, and EMS personnel. Together we can do great things for our County,” said Phillips,

“I covet your prayers for the safety of our public safety personnel, harmony in our community and good will as we move into the future. I also ask for your input as citizens of Charlton County, remembering there will always be an ear to listen and a will to serve you!

Sheriff Conner has reached out and offered his help in coordinating a smooth transition on January 1, 2021 and I thank him for that. I also would like to thank him for his 32 years of service to Charlton County as our Sheriff and wish him well in retirement.”

Other local un-opposed elects were Wendy Whitaker-Lee (Clerk of Superior Court), Debra Mizell (Tax Commissioner), Cheryl McMillan (Probate/Magistrate Judge), Blaine Murray (Coroner), James E. Everett (County Commissioner District Two), Jesse Crews (County Commissioner District Three), Curtis Nixon (Board of Education District Two), Matthew Sands (Board of Education District Four), John Adams (State Court Judge), Carla McMillan (Court of Appeals), Andrew Spivey (Superior Court Judge), and Kelly Brooks (Superior Court Judge).

The republican candidate for the President of the United States will be incumbent Donald Trump. Charlton voted for Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee.

Republican incumbent David Perdue ran un-opposed for the U.S. Senate, while Democratic nominee Sarah Riggs Amico received Charlton’s bid for the Democratic seat.

Incumbent Congressman Earl “Buddy” Carter was Charlton’s Republican favorite for the U.S. House of Representatives, while Lisa Ring received the most Democratic votes.

Republican incumbents Tyler Harper, John L. Corbett and Steven Sainz all ran un-opposed. However, there will be a run-off for the State Senate District Three between Shelia McNeill and David Sharpe.

The General Election will be held Tuesday, November 3.