Unofficial results from yesterday’s republican primaries are in, and with no democratic opposition and barring a write in campaign for the general election in November, Laurens County will have a new Sheriff in January. With 54% of the vote, 4,265 votes cast for Don Reynolds and 46% of the vote, 3,656 votes for incumbent Ricky Chastain.
- Don Reynolds
Don Reynolds told WLBG News Tuesday night:
“I’d like to thank my supports for all their hard work. I’t been a hard road, as it has for both sides I know. I’d like to express my feelings to the voters , the ones that voted that feel there needs to be a change of direction in the sheriff’s office that I will work very hard but first we need to get through the November process to the first of the year but I promise to always represent the Laurens County Sheriff’s office and the people of Laurens County in a proud professional honorable manner and instill that throughout the office and respond to their needs. I want the people of Laurens County to feel that if they need help it will be readily accessible and as far as my open door policy I will be accessible. I will be available for folks that want to talk to me can come see me.”
Mr. Reynolds was asked to give us some of his ideas for his platform:
“I just believe you can respond more effectively with the man power as far as responding to the calls that come in. I think you can be more aggressive in pursuing and following up, you can work closer with other agencies. I just think, not to say that someone doesn’t have a different opinion but my opinion is that it can be more effective and more efficient, whether that’s utilizing manpower. The bottom line is you have to respond to the people when they need the service. You have to be as thorough as you possibly can be and that’s my intentions.”
WLBG also spoke with incumbent Sheriff
- Ricky Chastain
Ricky Chastain and he reflected on his time as Sheriff and his promise to be accommodating to Mr. Reynolds:
“Certainly the voters have spoken and that’s what this election is all about is the voters but we are very proud of the job that we’ve done for the last sixteen years with me as the sheriff. I’m very proud of seeing what the sheriff’s office has accomplished over my whole 27 years at the office. I started when I was 21 and I’ve seen a lot of progression made. I’ve had the opportunity to congratulate Don Reynolds on a good race and I’m certainly looking forward to finishing out this term. We’ve still got a lot of things planned. Our agenda is not going to stop. We are going to continue working and serving the people and fighting crime. We are just proud and that’s what I’ve told our supporters.”
When asked about Mr. Reynold’s transition into office, Sheriff Chastain told us:
“If no petition candidate comes up and runs, certainly want him to have all the information and access he needs to benefit the sheriff’s office and the people in the county. Too often, especially in sheriffs races there is bitter rivalries between them and I’m going to afford him the luxury that a lot of sheriffs including myself were not afforded to make sure because I’m not going to hurt the people of Laurens County because I may not sheriff anymore and I’m going to be there on the day that the sheriff is sworn in and offer my had in friendship and support and congratulations if that’s going to be Sheriff Reynolds or whoever. That’s a vow I made to myself when I took this job. I love the history of the sheriff’s office in Laurens County and I’ve done a lot of research and the last time a sheriff was there to congratulate the incoming sheriff was January of 1961 when Sheriff Ware was there to shake Sheriff Johnson’s hand and turn over the symbolic keys because that’s what it’s about regardless of how the election goes, regardless of how the campaigning trail is done or how the campaign tactics are done. Ricky Chastain is going to leave with his head up and his dignity and proud of what he’s done for the people of Laurens County.”
WLBG News thanks Randy Stevens, Don Reynolds and Ricky Chastain for their time and consideration Tuesday night.