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July 27, 2004

Fitzgerald- The two men vying for sheriff of Ben Hill County will definitely have to set themselves apart, after all they both have the same first name and a long list of law enforcement experience.

"I left here with the Georgia State Patrol and went with the GBI as a special agent. I ran the sheriff's office in Mitchell County as a major," says Bobby McLemore. < /STRONG>

If elected Bobby McLemore says he'll be a visible sheriff.

"I'll be available to everyone in this county and I'll be available at any time. They won't have to come see me, I'll go see them."

The father of four and grandfather of eight says he's dedicated to keeping the county safe and drug free.

"About 90% of the crime in this county is drug or drug related, and we need to be on top of it."

That's why McLemore wants to form a drug task force that will focus only on Ben Hill County.

"I've experienced it first-hand out campaigning out here where I've seen drug deals going down right in front of me with the signs on my truck."

But the other Bobby, Bobby Clark wants to fight drugs too.

"If we fight the drugs, then all of the crime lowers and that is my main goal," Clark says.

His law enforcement career began at the Fitzgerald Police Department and then to the Georgia State Patrol in Atlanta.

"I left Atlanta and went to Tifton, Georgia and patrolled out of Tifton, Georgia at the patrol station over there. Leaving Tifton I went to the Cordele patrol station and then to the Douglas patrol station where I retired in 1999."

Clark wants to get more modern training for the deputies, but he's also a father, and if elected says he'll be there for parents and their children.

"I'm going to be there to help you as a parent pick your kids up and get them in the right direction, and I think that's what being a sheriff is all about. You are a public servant, and first and foremost, I want to be a public servant to the people of Ben Hill County."

Now it's up to the voters to chose which Bobby they want to lead the county's law enforcement.

The runoff for the sheriff's race is August 10th. The winner will face Independent Chip Rutherford in November.

Posted at 5:30 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com