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93 Sheriffs, Other Law Enforcement Officials Endorse Perdue in Reelection Bid

A bipartisan group of Georgia Sheriffs and law enforcement officials have endorsed Senator David Perdue in his re-election campaign ahead of the November race in which he faces Libertarian Shane Hazel and Democrat Jon Ossoff.

A bipartisan group of Georgia Sheriffs and law enforcement officials have endorsed Senator David Perdue in his re-election campaign ahead of the November race in which he faces Libertarian Shane Hazel and Democrat Jon Ossoff.

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In a news release announcing the endorsements, the Perdue campaign said the support from law enforcement reflects Perdue’s ‘proven commitment to upholding law and order and his opposition to the radical “Defund the Police” movement.’ The Perdue Public Safety Leadership Committee includes 93 sheriffs and law enforcement leaders, as well as Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr and Georgia Insurance Commissioner and former police chief John King. The Georgia Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) also endorsed Perdue this week.

“Georgia’s public safety officers represent the very best of our state and country,” Senator Perdue said in a news release. “Every day, our men and women in law enforcement are on the front lines working to preserve peace and prevent crime, and it’s my highest honor to join them in fighting to protect all Georgians. Now more than ever, Georgia’s public safety officers need our strong support as they work to maintain the trust of the communities they serve.”

Sheriff Mark Melton, Appling Co.
Sheriff Mark Cothren, Bacon Co.
Sheriff Carlton Speed, Banks Co.
Sheriff Jud Smith, Barrow Co.
Sheriff Clark Millsap, Bartow Co.
Sheriff Lee Cone, Ben Hill Co.
Sheriff Kris Coody, Bleckley Co.
Sheriff Len Davis, Brantley Co.
Sheriff Clyde Smith, Bryan Co.
Sheriff Noel Brown, Bulloch Co.
Sheriff Gary Long, Butts Co.
Sheriff Jim Proctor, Camden Co.
Sheriff John Miles, Candler Co.
Sheriff Terry Langley, Carroll Co.
Sheriff Gary Sisk, Catoosa Co.
Sheriff John Wilcher, Chatham Co.
Sheriff Hank Lynch, Chattachoochee Co.
Sheriff Frank Reynolds, Cherokee Co.
Sheriff Raymond Peterson, Clinch Co.
Sheriff Neil Warren, Cobb Co.
Sheriff Rod Howell, Colquitt Co.
Sheriff Clay Whittle, Columbia Co.
Sheriff Douglas Hanks, Cook Co.
Sheriff Lenn Wood, Coweta Co.
Sheriff Billy Hancock, Crisp Co.
Sheriff Ray Cross, Dade Co.
Sheriff Jeff Johnson, Dawson Co.
Sheriff Craig Peavy, Dooly Co.
Sheriff Randy Courson, Echols Co.
Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie, Effingham Co.
Sheriff Randall Tippins, Evans Co.
Sheriff Dane Kirby, Fannin Co.
Sheriff Tim Burkhalter, Floyd Co.
Sheriff Ron Freeman, Forsyth Co.
Sheriff Stevie Thomas, Franklin Co.
Sheriff Stacy Nicholson, Gilmer Co.
Sheriff Jeremy Kelley, Glascock Co.
Sheriff Neal Jump, Glynn Co.
Sheriff Mitch Ralston, Gordon Co.
Sheriff Harry Young, Grady Co.
Sheriff Donny Harrison, Greene Co.
Sheriff Butch Conway, Gwinnett Co.
Sheriff Joey Terrell, Habersham Co.
Sheriff Gerald Couch, Hall Co.
Sheriff Mike Jolley, Harris Co.
Sheriff Mike Cleveland, Hart Co.
Sheriff Ross Henry, Heard Co.
Sheriff Keith McBrayer, Henry Co.
Sheriff Cullen Talton, Houston Co.
Sheriff Janis Mangum, Jackson Co.
Sheriff Donnie Pope, Jasper Co.
Sheriff Preston Bohannon, Jeff Davis Co.
Sheriff Robert Oglesby, Jenkins Co.
Sheriff Butch Reece, Jones Co.
Sheriff Brad White, Lamar Co.
Sheriff Nick Norton, Lanier Co.
Sheriff Larry Dean, Laurens Co.
Sheriff Reggie Rachals, Lee Co.
Sheriff Steve Sikes, Liberty Co.
Sheriff Craig Nobles, Long Co.
Sheriff Ashley Paulk, Lowndes Co.
Sheriff Stacy Jarrard, Lumpkin Co.
Sheriff J. Michael Moore, Madison Co.
Sheriff Stephen Jessup, McIntosh Co.
Sheriff Brad Freeman, Monroe Co.
Sheriff Robert Markley, Morgan Co.
Sheriff Gary Langford, Murray Co.
Sheriff Scott Berry, Oconee Co.
Sheriff David Gabriel, Oglethorpe Co.
Sheriff Ramsey Bennett, Pierce Co.
Sheriff Jimmy Thomas, Pike Co.
Sheriff Johnny Moats, Polk Co.
Sheriff Danny Brannen, Pulaski Co.
Sheriff Howard Sills, Putnam Co.
Sheriff Darrell Dix, Spalding Co.
Sheriff Randy Shirley, Stephens Co.
Sheriff Pete Smith, Sumter Co.
Sheriff Kyle Sapp, Tattnall Co.
Sheriff Chris Steverson, Telfair Co.
Sheriff Gene Scarbrough, Tift Co.
Sheriff James Woodruff, Troup Co.
Sheriff Andy Hester, Turner Co.
Sheriff Darren Mitchum, Twiggs Co.
Sheriff Mack Mason, Union Co.
Sheriff Dan Kilgore, Upson Co.
Sheriff Steve Wilson, Walker Co.
Sheriff Joe Chapman, Walton Co.
Sheriff Randy Royal, Ware Co.
Sheriff Joel Cochran, Washington Co.
Sheriff John Carter, Wayne Co.
Sheriff Neal Walden, White Co.
Sheriff Robert Rodgers, Wilcox Co.
Sheriff Donald Whitaker, Worth Co.

Perdue for Senate 2020 Public Safety Leadership Committee

Honorary Chairs:

Attorney General Chris Carr: “As the state’s Chief Law Enforcement, I am thankful to have a partner like Senator David Perdue in our efforts to keep all Georgians safe and secure. He has stood with Attorneys General from across the country to end human trafficking, protect seniors from elder abuse, fight the opioid pandemic, and stop violent crime and anarchy that has emerged with the ‘defund the police’ movement. This radical movement has emboldened criminals across the nation, and those who do not condemn it are complicit in helping turn America into a lawless society. Senator Perdue is a proven defender of our Constitution, as well as the most vulnerable in Georgia. He’s fighting for our rights in Washington, so let’s fight to re-elect him in Georgia.”

Insurance Commissioner and former Doraville Chief of Police John King: “As a former Police Chief and proud member of the National Guard, I know the incredible sacrifices that our men and women in uniform make on a daily basis. Senator Perdue has consistently stood for public safety and demonstrated the strong leadership needed to heal Georgia communities. Unlike his opponent Jon Ossoff, Senator Perdue has opposed calls by radical liberals to ‘defund’ our police departments. We need more leaders like Senator Perdue, and I look forward to casting my vote for him and other candidates who ‘Back the Blue.’”


Sheriff Janis Mangum, Jackson County: “For over 30 years, I have served on the frontlines to protect our communities and families from those wishing to inflict harm. Now, more than ever, we need our representatives in Washington to have our backs and help us maintain public safety. Through fairness, integrity and transparency – not rioting and looting – we will rebuild trust in our communities. David Perdue’s support of law enforcement is unmatched, and it’s absolutely critical that he serve another six years as Georgia’s senator.”

Melba Scarbrough, wife of Sheriff Gene Scarbrough, Tift County: “It’s a difficult time for public safety families across our state and nation. My husband, Gene, has had a long career in law enforcement, and our entire family has always been part of that service. Today, the men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting others are under attack. Radical Democrats who call to ‘defund the police’ either don’t realize or don’t care how that devastates police families. I have seen Gene’s heart and that of his deputies firsthand. They commit their lives to our community, just like David Perdue does for all Georgians. Georgia is safer and stronger because of Senator Perdue’s leadership in supporting our heroes on the frontlines. Gene and I are more motivated than ever to keep Georgia and Tift County safe by re-electing David Perdue this November.”

Sheriff Steve “Stevie” Thomas, Franklin County: “On May 21, 2014, my life forever changed; not just as a Sheriff, but as a husband, father and grandfather. My son, Deputy Steven “Cruz” Thomas, was killed in a vehicle crash while attempting to catch a fleeing suspect. Cruz served with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and had protected his community faithfully for seven years. At 26 years old, his life was taken too soon, but his legacy lives through all of us who serve our communities with a commitment of service to others above self. I’m proud that Senator Perdue has and continues to have the back of our men and women in law enforcement. David has my and my family’s support. I know he will make us and all of Georgia proud.”

Sheriff Cullen Talton, Houston County: “I have been honored to protect my community since 1973, and I’m humbled to be Georgia’s longest serving Sheriff today. It’s a privilege to serve Houston County; it’s long been my home and has always been the same to David Perdue. Senator Perdue has never forgotten where he came from, and his middle Georgia values make him the right man to serve our state. He’s brought a fresh perspective to Washington. We need that now more than ever. He will defend what’s right and fight for those who do the same. It’s a blessing to know that Georgia’s public safety leaders can call on Senator Perdue.” 

Wayne Dasher, Georgia Department of Corrections Board Member & Friends of Law Enforcement Founder: “For over 30 years, our annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Cookout has brought the community together to honor first responders. Now, more than ever, we need to celebrate the men and women who dedicate their lives to public safety. Senator Perdue is a Friend of Law Enforcement. I’m proud to serve as David’s local volunteer county chairman and will do all that I can to get him re-elected between now and November 3. I hope you’ll join me in supporting him and our public safety heroes across Georgia.”

Deputy Katlyn Danielle Reid, Lanier County Sheriff’s Office“I had been a police officer in a neighboring community, but I was shot by a fleeing suspect on my first day with the Lanier County Sheriff’s Department. Thankfully my law enforcement brothers and sisters were with me, and together, we stopped the suspect from hurting others. I’m so grateful God spared my life and for the opportunity to serve my community alongside Sheriff Norton and countless professionals. It is my hope that Georgia families can rest assured knowing their community is being fought and protected by capable and caring public servants. Senator David Perdue has our backs, and I’m proud to join countless other public safety leaders in supporting Senator Perdue.”

Sheriff Randy Shirley, Stephens County: “As a leader with the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes, we seek to preserve a bright future for our youth through a wholesome and safe environment. There is more to public safety than just law enforcement. Care is essential. Sheriffs and supporters across Georgia have stepped up, since 1960, to care for our abandoned, neglected, and abused children. Senator Perdue has always been a great defender for youth. One of his first jobs was at a Head Start program to help kids learn to read, and he was recently presented with The Boys and Girls Clubs’ ‘Champion Of Youth’ Award. His steadfast leadership for our children and our state makes him the right leader here at home and in Washington, D.C.” 

Michelle Dix, wife of Sheriff Darrell Dix, Spalding County: “My husband and two sons are peace officers. They truly protect with courage and serve with compassion. As an elementary school teacher for nearly 30 years, I was proud to help build a bright future for the next generation. We are saddened to see how negative rhetoric and lawlessness are jeopardizing the safety and future of our children. Senator Perdue, in contrast to this, is a champion for our communities. He has our family’s vote. We are proud that he stands with all Georgians as we build up our communities and not destroy them.” 

District Attorneys Alison Sosebee (Appalachian), Natalie Paine (Augusta), Shannon Wallace (Blue Ridge), and Rosemary Greene (Cherokee):  “As Georgians we are proud to join Senator Perdue in fighting for public safety at this pivotal moment for our state and nation. Senator Perdue continues to partner with all levels of law enforcement and put politics aside to wipe out gangs, combat opioid abuse, stop domestic violence, protect our seniors from elder abuse, and support mental health programs. As a wives, mothers, daughters, and District Attorneys, we strive to improve our community for future generations. We are grateful that in times of uncertainty, we can count on Senator Perdue’s strong leadership in Washington.”

Jessica Szilagyi is a former Statewide Contributor for



  1. bob

    September 26, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Will not vote for a person endorsed by Spalding County Sheriff

    griffinjournal most read news website in Spalding County
    One should be concerned about the many deaths by shootings, child molestations, home invasions, Seniors being taken advantage of by crooks, and many other violations that should be corrected by your local sheriff’s department.

    We see where 95 Georgia sheriffs have decided to become more political than law enforcers by jumping on the political wagon endorsing one candidate for Georgia Senator.

    I cannot speak of other Georgia Sheriffs but I certainly can Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix.

    Now If I were running for a public office never would I want or accept an endorsement from the Sheriff of Spalding County.

    Due to his background of being involved in an investigation while a Griffin Police Officer and found to have taken money not belonging to him with some implying that he while serving as the Spalding County Jailer, prior to turning his resignation in, had sex with an inmate.

    If I were running for Senate and sheriff Darrell Dix indorsed me I would tell him “thanks but no thanks” you need to keep your endorsement in your hip pocket and do the job you were elected to do.

    The person accepting his endorsement tells me loud and clear he might accept an endorsement from the Devil himself should he offer one.

    So when voting I will choose to leave his name unchecked.
    — This is griffinjournal


    September 26, 2020 at 2:13 pm


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