Anderson County Republicans face off for mayor, sheriff

Anderson County Republicans face off for mayor, sheriff

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Terry Frank Terry Frank
Zach Bates Zach Bates
Anthony Lay Anthony Lay
Randy Myers Randy Myers
By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

CLINTON (WATE) - Anderson County voters decide Tuesday which Republican mayor and sheriff candidates to send to the general election in August.

Current Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank and Anderson County Commissioner Zach Bates are running for mayor.

The candidates spent the afternoon trying to get last minute voters at Claxton Elementary.

Bates says he wants to focus on creating better communication within the government, and growing the economy.

"The biggest changes I've focused on through my campaign is one, communication inside the government, getting the offices communicating together and working together, and outside the government to the public focusing on growth. Focusing on retail growth, focusing on rebuilding the housing market. That's the areas where we really need the most work in the county," Bates said.

Frank says she wants to grow jobs, and continue to provide tax relief.

"When I ran for office I promised people I would protect them from higher taxes, I've done that. We actually were able to achieve a fractional tax decrease, which is a change in direction. I ran on a platform of strong fiscal management, and being very responsive to citizens, having an open door policy," Frank said.

The winner will face Democrat Jim Hackworth in the general election on August 7.

In the race for sheriff, Anthony Lay and Randy Myers are the Republican candidates.

Video: Each Anderson County sheriff candidate makes his case for why he should be elected


Lay says he will tackle the drug problem in Anderson County, and help reduce the number of violent crimes.

"Having the qualifications and the training that I have been blessed with in the law enforcement field, we have so many violent crimes such as elder abuse and so forth that getting overlooked, and we need to put an emphasis on those things to make a difference for our citizens," Lay said.

Myers says he will help recruit volunteers to the department, and reduce the number of people in jail.

"Probably the biggest thing that we want to do is a work release program, and work with area judges maybe to see who would qualify maybe for house arrest, see who qualifies for that, and get that to help out with the overcrowding of the jails," Myers said.

The winner of the primary will face current sheriff, Democrat Paul White, in August.

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