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Two vying for Lowndes County Sheriff

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Democrat Chris Prine Democrat Chris Prine
Republican Candidate Freddie Taylor Republican Candidate Freddie Taylor

By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

October 17, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A long time South Georgia sheriff is leaving office and two retired law enforcers are vying to fill his seat.

The seat was vacated when Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk decided to run for County Commission Chair. He's been sheriff since 1992.

Republican Candidate Freddie Taylor and Democrat Chris Prine both hope to pick up where he left off.

Prine has had 34 years experience in law enforcement, with the state swat team to the peace officer standards and training council.

Sheriff of Lowndes County is his next career ambition. He wants more resource officers in schools, a better open door policy and he says a better collaborative effort will help lower crime in the county and throughout the region.

"One thing that is certainly important is having the city, county, state and feds working together as one unit. That's the way we use to do it years ago and I want to get back to it," Prine says.

But Taylor has other ideas. He's spent 32 years in the Georgia State patrol working in Lowndes County and Valdosta. He has a lot of big ideas but believes extra training is the best way to curtail crime.

"I'd like to bring some training goals and career development goals to the department. I don't have any shake-up goals but I'd like to bring that into the mix and see if we can build on the positives in the department," Taylor says.

While they may not agree on the best way to run the department, there's one major issue that has both of their support.

"We want everyone to get out and vote. Whether you vote on me or my opponent, I'd like them to exercise their right to vote," Prine says.

"Participation in the process is your greatest opportunity to affect you government, local government and most directly affect our citizens," Taylor adds.

Citizens they hope will vote on November 4th.

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