SYLVESTER, Ga. — The number of candidates to succeed longtime Worth County Sheriff Freddie Tompkins likely has dwindled from five to two.
With 13 of 15 precincts reporting, John “JD” Daniel appears to have defeated Leonard “Lenny” Hamilton Davis II and Marion “Gene” Eugene Jones for the Democratic nomination for sheriff.
Daniel had 1,160 votes (79.5 percent) as opposed to 170 for Davis and 129 for Jones.
In the Republican primary, Jeffrey “Jeff” Harold Hobby had a sizeable lead over opponent Ronald “Ronnie” Ethridge Graddy.
Hobby received 1,951 votes (65.7 percent) against 1,019 for Graddy.
Daniel has been a deputy with the Worth County Sheriff’s Office for the past 19 years. He has 31 years of law enforcement experience.
Hobby, who grew up in Worth County, has worked for about 15 years as a trooper with the Georgia State Patrol.
The other crowded race in Worth County featured a four-person field for County Commission chairman, a position elected at-large in the county.
Incumbent Chairman Matt Medders opposed Donald Hufstetler in the Democratic primary. Medders led 772-532 with 13 of 15 precincts reporting.
Mike Crosby and former county commissioner Fred Dent battled in the Republican primary. Crosby held a slight 1,464-1,432 lead.