Robby Boatright

Robby Boatright

Pierce County will have a contested sheriff’s race next spring.

Blackshear Police Dept. Major Robby Boatright announced his intention to challenge Incumbent Sheriff Ramsey Bennett last week. Bennett has said he intends to seek a third term.

According to Ware County sources, retired state trooper Greg Stone also intends to run for the office of Pierce County Sheriff. Stone has not made a formal announcement in The Blackshear Times of his intent to run.

The sheriff’s race will be decided May 19, 2020, as part of the general and non-partisan primary election. Qualifying will take place March 2-6, 2020.

Boatright first informed Police Chief Chris Wright and the Blackshear City Council of his decision in closed session at a council meeting last Tuesday night before making his public announcement Wednesday, September 11.

“I am super excited to publicly announce my campaign for the sheriff of Pierce County,” Boatright says. “There has been a lot of thought and prayer that has went into this decision.”

Boatright has worked in law enforcement for 12 years. In addition to serving as a BPD Major, he was employed with the Aggressive Crime Enforcement (ACE) Unit, a joint task force of PCSO, BPD and Patterson Police Department, but was removed from that position after announcing his intention to run for sheriff.

Boatright says he’s been overwhelmed in recent weeks with community interest in his potential bid for sheriff and says that support convinced him to run.