The Newton County Sheriff's Office recently opened its western precinct, something that, given the current budget constraints, would not have been possible without the help of criminals.
Ezell Brown overcame what some have said was a contentious race and was reelected as Newton County sheriff.
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.
Did the Newton County Sheriff's Office buy Level III bulletproof vests and did it spend all the money on vests that it said it would?
Republican sheriff's candidate Philip Bradford has repeatedly said over the past few weeks that the officers working in Newton County schools aren't qualified to be watching over students.
The Covington News sat down with Democratic incumbent Sheriff Ezell Brown and Republican challenger Capt. Philip Bradford for in-depth conversations about their candidacies. See the full videos below.
As voters hear candidates' last stump speeches before early voting begins, former Republican candidate Bill Watterson has thrown his support behind Democratic incumbent Sheriff Ezell Brown.
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.
Lifelong Newton County resident and Covington Police Captain Phillip Bradford announced today that he plans to run for Sheriff of Newton County in the upcoming election.