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Posted: November 7, 2012 12:49 a.m.

Sheriff Brown wins reelection

Ezell Brown overcame what some have said was a contentious race and was reelected as Newton County sheriff.

The race for sheriff remained heated since the primaries when Republican Philip Bradford was elected to run against Democratic incumbent Ezell Brown.

In an October debate between the two, Bradford lobbed several criticisms at the sheriff, accusing him of mismanagement and misleading the public, but Sheriff Ezell Brown provided answers and fired back at Bradford saying the captain was "shooting in the dark, hoping that he would hit something."

"Even though I may have been wounded in some ways, I will accept those wounds for the community," Brown said. "It is time for us to move on; not only the Sheriff's Office, but move this community forward. I have an organization to run and every citizen in this great county to serve and protect."

Brown took office in 2008;he has been in law enforcement for nearly 40 years, starting his career in 1973 with the Covington Police Department and joining the Newton County Sheriff's Office in 1978. He became a certified arson investigator in 1991 and was assigned to the sex offender unit in 2005. He became a captain in 2008, just prior to winning the election for sheriff.

"This has been, some would say, a contentious race and one that I would say was out of the norm," Brown said. "This is the third race that I've been in and I've never had this many, I guess you would say, challenging moments as I have in this race."

Bradford has 26 years of experience with the Covington Police Department. Currently, he is a captain over CPD's Criminal Investigation Division.

"I have no regrets," said Bradford. "I feel my team ran a good race and even though some may feel it was a dirty race just because I talked about issues and it got heated, I tried to stay on the issues and not get personal. I wish Ezell Brown the best as he moves forward with his agency. I hold my head up high because I stood on right... Our process is what's so great in this country and I went through the process and the people have spoken and I accept that 100 percent, and I respect their voice. I would like to say thank you to the people who supported me."

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