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PC Sheriff’s race run-off election set for August 11

Get ready for round 2.

The sheriff’s race and the Democratic nominee for U.S. Congress will be decided in the general primary run-off election set for Tuesday, August 11.

Early voting will begin Monday, July 20, and will continue through Friday, August 7.

Incumbent Sheriff Ramsey Bennett will face Robby Boatright, a major with the Blackshear Police Department.

Educator and 2018 Democratic Congressional nominee

Lisa Ring and veteran Joyce Marie Griggs will face off for the right to take on Republican Congressman Buddy Carter (R-Pooler) in the November General Election.

The run-off is necessary because no candidate received a 50 percent plus one vote majority in the races. The general primary was held June 9. Originally scheduled for May 19, the primary election was postponed owing to the threat posed by COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Voters are reminded they must declare the same party they voted in the June 9 primary in the run-off. Those who did not vote in the June 9 election may choose whichever party they wish to vote.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at both county polling places, the Pierce County Gym at the Southeast Georgia Regional Agriculture Center in Blackshear and at Eagle Station in Patterson.

There will be no additional voter registration for the run-off election. Only those already registered to vote are eligible to cast ballots.

Bennett finished with 2,259 votes and Boatright was second with 1,826 votes in the June 9 primary.

Former state trooper Greg Stone received 384 votes while former Department of Natural Resources Ranger Gary Simmons received 191 votes.

The sheriff’s race will be the only local office on the ballot in the run-off.

Bennett and Boatright are both running as Republicans. There is no Democratic opposition, so whoever wins the run off will be sworn in as sheriff in January.

There will be no other races decided on the Republican ballot.

A run-off will be needed  on the Democratic ticket to determine the nominee to challenge First District Congressman Buddy Carter (R, Pooler).

Ring (43.2 percent) and Griggs (42.6 percent) were neck and neck in the district and will face off in the run-off. Pierce County Democrats preferred Ring in the first round of balloting. Ring received 173 votes. Waycross resident Barbara Seidman finished second in Pierce County with 146 votes, but was eliminated from the contest, polling only 14 percent district-wide.