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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) –Gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes picked up support from 19 Sheriffs from across South Georgia Monday in Thomasville.

Those Sheriffs praised Barnes' record of reducing Georgia's crime rate and cracking down on criminals.

They say it's important to have a governor willing to work with law enforcement on the local level to provide resources that help them do their job. Barnes pledged to stop the closing of regional crime labs and reopen the ones already shut down.

"Everybody sees CSI," says a concerned Barnes, "and if you don't have the tests that are necessary that satisfy the jurors as to what they think should happen in a crime lab, then it becomes more difficult to convict those of a crime who are guilty."

The South Georgia Sheriffs who showed up to support Roy Barnes are:

Sheriff David Moore, Atkinson County

Sheriff Bobby McLemore, Ben Hill County

Sheriff Anthony Heath, Berrien County

Sheriff Tommy Gregory, Camden County

Sheriff Winston Peterson, Clinch County

Sheriff Jerry Pope, Coffee County

Sheriff Al Whittington, Colquitt County

Sheriff Johnny Daughtrey, Cook County

Sheriff Randy Courson, Echols County

Sheriff Richard Deas, Jeff Davis County

Sheriff Harry Young, Grady County

Sheriff Nick Norton, Lanier County

Sheriff Cecil Nobles, Long County

Sheriff Chris Prine, Lowndes County

Sheriff Buddy Glass, Miller County

Sheriff W.E. Bozeman, Mitchell County

Sheriff Heath Elliott, Seminole County

Sheriff Larry Jones, Stewart County

Sheriff Carlton Powell, Thomas County

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