Houston Co. Sheriff's Race Heats Up
Houston County Sheriff, Cullen Talton, and fellow Republican, Chad Payne, both believe they're the best choice for Houston County Sheriff.
Sheriff Talton asserts, "I have no animosity toward him, but I just feel like we've got a good department and I'd like to keep it that way."
Payne counters, "The techniques of proactive criminal enforcement of today are much greater than they were years ago, versus a reactive approach, and I want to bring that to the Sheriff's Office. Statistics will show you that when the economy is down, crime stats are up. We have to prepare for that. We have a population explosion in Houston County. We have to prepare for that."
The July 15th primary now just over 2 weeks away. As the election horizon draws near, 3 key figures in Houston County law enforcement have chosen to publicly endorse Sheriff Talton.
Chief George Potter of the Perry Police Dept. explains, "If you take a look at our statistics for each municipality in the county, you'll see that they're lower than the state average. A lot of that has to do with the cooperation and the leadership that we get from the Sheriff."
Warner Robins Police Chief, Brett Evans, notes, "This is a chance that Houston County has to continue in a spirit of cooperation where we know what works already."
If you've driven through Houston County recently, chances are you've seen no shortage of Cullen Talton signs. The Sheriff says he originally ordered 2,500 and had to re-order 2,000 due to overwhelming requests. He admits this year's a little different because he has competition, but the law enforcement chiefs say that the presence of competition this year has nothing to do with their endorsements.
Rep. Willie Talton, Fmr. Chief Deputy for the Houston Co. Sheriff's Office, adds, "Houston County is blessed as far as I'm concerned to have a man of his caliber as Sheriff. So, if he didn't have any opposition at all, I'd be standing here with these same people telling you the same thing."
It seems like we have a great thing going in Houston County!!!!!!!!