The integrity, professionalism and high standards that exist within the Columbia County law enforcement and judicial systems will be put to the test on July 20 with two very important races: the re-election of our sheriff and election of our chief magistrate judge.
We have been fortunate the last 10 years to benefit from the leadership and integrity of Sheriff Clay Whittle and Judge Wade Padgett. These two men have contributed greatly to our safety and security with fair treatment to all in Columbia County. We live in a clean, safe county. Why would we want to hand over leadership to "want-to-be's" instead of men with experience?
If Columbia County is going to continue the growth we've experienced the last 10 years because of being a safe place to live, we need to vote Whittle and Padgett into the offices they have contributed so much to.
Don't forget: These races will be decided July 20. Your vote for Sheriff Clay Whittle and Judge Wade Padgett is very important.
Gerald W. Hargrove Sr.
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