Both Democratic incumbent Sheriff Ezell Brown and Republican challenger Capt. Philip Bradford have said they're ready to move on from the issues raised at a recent debate and to get back to looking at who's the better overall candidate.
At The Covington News' recent forum, candidates had an opportunity to ask their opponent one question and Republican sheriff's challenger Philip Bradford questioned Democratic incumbent Sheriff Ezell Brown about a raise give to the Newton County Sheriff's Office grant writer.
The Republican race for sheriff was one of most watched and contested of the campaign as two long-time law enforcement officials battled who had the better credentials. In the end, Phillip Bradford won with 5,165 votes while Bill Watterson had 4,182 votes. Bradford will face Sheriff Ezell Brown in November's General Election.
Candidate for Newton County Sheriff Phillip Bradford announced his platform Friday, pledging to fight the war on drugs, take a stand against crime, protect the children of the community and take a stand on fiscal responsibility and accountability.