Chatham Co. Sheriff Candidates Talk Priorities, Healthcare

Mar 14, 2016

Chatham County voters this month will choose a sheriff to finish out the term of Al St. Lawrence, who died last year. Five candidates entered the March 1 special election. The top two vote-getters - Roy Harris and John Wilcher - will meet in a runoff March 29. GPB’s Emily Jones sat down with both candidates.

Roy Harris served as Chief Deputy under Sheriff St Lawrence, and has been interim sheriff since November.

Harris will face John Wilcher in the runoff election. Wilcher has served as Jail Administrator in Chatham County and retired from the Sheriff’s Office as a colonel in 2014.

The winner of the special election runoff will serve the remainder of St. Lawrence's term, which ends this year. Four candidates have qualified for the May 24 primary: Wilcher and Harris as Republicans and McArthur Holmes and Kim Middleton as Democrats. 

Both Holmes and Middleton ran in the Mar. 1 special election. The general election is Nov. 8.