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Lawmen step up to bat for Bishop

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- With the general election just days away, U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr., D-Albany, released his latest flurry of endorsements Friday on the steps of the Dougherty Country Courthouse.

More than 20 law enforcement officials -- including 17 south Georgia sheriffs -- threw their support behind the nine-term incumbent, who is opposed by Republican Mike Keown for Georgia's Second Congressional District seat.

"Our communities are safer, our officers are better trained and our equipment has been upgraded because Sanford Bishop was uniquely positioned to get the job done for us," Greg Edwards, Dougherty County district attorney, said in announcing the endorsements. "Without a doubt, we have all benefited from having Sanford Bishop working for us in Washington. When we discuss with him our needs, he sees to it that they are addressed."

Bishop stressed how he has fought to return tax dollars to the area, which includes $7.8 Million for law enforcement -- including nearly $1.8 million for Dougherty County alone.

"In my public service, I treasure my relationship with law enforcement officers," Bishop said. " I admire what they do and support them in every aspect of their job. I have always looked upon law enforcement officers as my friends and I wholeheartedly respect them for the job they do every day to keep us safe.

"With great humility I accept their endorsement."