SPLOST falls again; Ware gives Trump a Georgia boost and Long-time lawman gets fourth term

By MYRA THRIFT
Staff Writer
Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal breezed to his fourth straight term Tuesday, defeating one challenger in the General Election.
Royal’s 7,925 votes as a Republican candidate were good for a dominating victory against retired Waycross Police Major Chris Tatum, who tallied 4,608 ballots.
Royal is currently serving his 12th year as Ware County Sheriff.
Earlier this year, he was recognized by the Ware County Commission for having served 40 years in active law enforcement. Royal began working as a law enforcement officer under W.E. Strickland, then worked alongside Sheriff Herbert Bond and Sheriff Ronnie McQuaig before being first elected in 2008.
He was sworn in as sheriff in January 2009 and has been in that position since.

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