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February 13, 2008

Lowndes County - After over 16 years in office, Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk is retiring and many candidates are hoping to fill his shoes.

Captain JD Yeager and Roy Hart are two of the five candidates hoping to do so.

Roy Hart has been in law enforcement for 20 years.  He's now second in command for the Quitman Police Department but now wants to be sheriff of Lowndes County.

He says he can develop a better relationship between the department, the community, and other agencies.

"Now I'm sure if you called the sheriff's department they will come to you but you don't have that family oriented love that flows from law enforcement to law enforcement.  I don't think it's there and I want to create that," Hart says.

He also wants to get the joint crime lab up and running as well as create an in house gang unit that will focus on fighting gang activity in the county. 

And there's only one way he can do it.  "I'm the man for the job and I would appreciate your vote."

But Captain JD Yeager says he's the best man for the job.  He's also worked in law enforcement for 20 years, most of those at the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.

"I worked my way through the ranks at the Sheriff's Office, I've worked in every division, I've commanded every division in the Sheriff's Office and for about seven years I've been responsible for all the day to day operations," Yeager says.

He's says continuing the jail expansion is a top priority, as well as putting a full time D.A.R.E. officer at each school.

"That's the connection we make with the young kids when they start out in Pre-K and elementary school and we can keep that connection," Yeager says.  "We keep that contact with them and it's working.  It's making a difference."

All he needs is your vote.  "I'm asking the members of the community to invest in me and believe in me and give me the opportunity to be sheriff of Lowndes County."

Both men have big ideas and you can vote who will get to carry theirs out in the primaries on July 15.

Chris Prine, Calvin Troy and Freddie Taylor also hope to be elected sheriff.

We'll introduce you to each of them later this week.

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