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Write-in candidate hopes to be Turner Sheriff

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Former chief deputy Andy Hester qualified to be a write-in candidate Former chief deputy Andy Hester qualified to be a write-in candidate
Roy Wiley's name is the only one on the ballot for sheriff Roy Wiley's name is the only one on the ballot for sheriff

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

October 8, 2008

ASHBURN, GA (WALB) - Two men hope to serve Turner County as sheriff. "I want to reduce the spending in the sheriff department. I want to cut down on some of the drug activity in Turner County," said Roy Wiley.

"I don't want to stop serving Turner county. I have put a lot of time and effort invested into this county," said Andy Hester. That's why the former chief deputy qualified to be a write-in candidate after Ron Wiley won the run-off election.

"It's my home county. This is where I am from. And the only alternative that I had was to run as a write-in so that I can stay here and be the sheriff that I have always worked toward being," said Hester.

Wiley's name is the only name you will see on the ballot for sheriff. Anyone who wants to vote for Hester will have to hit the write-in option and type in his name. "A small key board will come up, and then you type in that individuals name. And than you push record write in at the bottom," said Temporary Elections Superintendent, Christopher Douglas.

Hester knows not having his name on the ballot will make winning harder, but not impossible. "When I entered as a write-in, I knew it was going to be tough, but this office is worth me fighting for," said Hester.

"An individual did win in years past as a write-in. So there was on occasion where that did happen," said Douglas.

Despite this option, Wiley who has served as a Turner deputy, Ashburn Police officer and the police chief in Sycamore still feels confident he will win. "I feel confident and still feel good about the election because people want a change," said Wiley.

"I think its going to be worth their wild if they give me that 15 extra seconds of their time to help me continue to serve them for another 18 years," said Hester. And both agree that everyone needs to make it out to the polls and vote for who they think is the most qualified candidate.

Voters have until October 31st to participate in absentee voting. This is the first time voters will not need a reason to vote early, but you must bring your photo ID to be able to cast your ballot.

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