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Taylor, Prine vying for Lowndes County Sheriff's badge

February 15, 2008

Lowndes County - Five people are running for Lowndes County Sheriff.  Among them, retired state troopers Chris Prine and Freddie Taylor.

Taylor spent more than 30 years with the Georgia State Patrol.

"Basically I've grown up in law enforcement. My dad retired from law enforcement and worked with the state and sheriff's office as well," Taylor says.

And now he's hoping for more.

He's running for sheriff and says he's the best man for the job.  "I offer a broad based experience level that allows the opportunity to take the sheriff's office to another level of service to the community."

To do that he wants the department to become more interactive with the community to earn their trust and create a better relationship with other agencies.

"I'd like to see the total public safety community work more closely together.  Interaction of the agencies allows better service to the public," Taylor says.

But Chris Prine has big ideas, too.  He says he's done it all from the state patrol to security for former President Jimmy Carter.

Now he's hoping to add sheriff to the list.  "I've had a wide range of experience. Drug interdiction. Of course we started the first drug interdiction in the state. I started that myself on I-95 and that was real successful," Prince says.

And he hopes to bring those successes to Lowndes County.  "I'm very much interested in drug interdiction. I think that's something we need to work on. Drugs in Lowndes County, that's something we really need to pay a lot of attention to."

He says full time resource officers in schools is another way to combat drugs and fight crime.

While both former troopers may differ on priorities, they both agree the only way to make a change is to get out and vote.

Sheriff Ashley Paulk is retiring.  Also running for his office are: JD Yeager, Roy Hart and Calvin Troy.

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