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Four in race for Coffee County Sheriff

April 25, 2006

Douglas - A special, non-partisan election is being held in July because former Sheriff Rob Smith resigned.

Part-time deputy Charles Cross, interim Sheriff Joe White, former County Commissioner Don Paulk and Jerry Pope have qualified to run.

Rob Smith's resignation went into effect April 15th. He resigned as part of a plea deal to keep him out of jail on charges of malpractice and malfeasance in office.

Don Paulk says, "We're a progressive county, a good county. There are good people in Coffee County and I think they're ready for a change, somebody to stand for what's right."

The election will be held July 18th.

In other races, Democrats James Vickers and Charles H. "Scooter Bill" Deen are running for the County Commission District five seat, Democrat Frank Jackson has qualified, and for District three, Republican Tom Rice has qualified. Qualifying continues through noon on Friday.

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