Sheriff Elections in all 3 counties I felt would turn out the way they did.
Edgecombe County Sheriff race Danny Colbert challenged Sheriff James L. Knight. That race turned out just like I knew it would. Sheriff Knight is the first black Sheriff of Edgecombe County and has been in office since being first appointed in 1996 to serve the unexpired term of former Sheriff Phil Ellis who retired. Sheriff Knight was first time elected by the people in 1998. He has been one of the most active Sheriffs in Edgecombe County bridging the gap between all races. He has been doing a great job over the years but there has been some folks who just can not get over him being a black man. They do not take in consideration his accomplishments and fairness that he has provided over the years. Sheriff Knight’s salary in my opinion should be reviewed but the County Commissioners would probably argue that they can’t afford to pay him anymore. I was there during the appointment and has been there during all of his elections. Congratulations on your victory and I know you will continue to do great things because I follow you faithfully.
Wilson County Sheriff race James Gardner challenged Sheriff Calvin Woodard. That race turned out just like I thought it would. Sheriff Woodard is the first black Sheriff of Wilson County and has been in office since 2010 when he defeated former Sheriff Wayne Gay during a nasty election. It appears that Woodard has been doing a good job inspite of some folks have been trying to paint a negative picture of him since he has been in office because some just refuse to accept that Sheriff Woodard is a black man. He is one of the highest paid Sheriffs across the state but he had nothing to do with his salary and it is up to the County Commissioners to change that but some folks want Sheriff Woodard to reduce his own salary. Well they didn’t have a problem with the salary when Sheriff Gay was in office. I followed Sheriff’s Woodard election in 2010 faithfully and attended several events. I have been following Sheriff Woodard for the past 4 years however I didn’t attend anything during this election. Congratulations on your victory and keep up the good work.
Nash County Sheriff race Stanley Griffin and Keith Stone was quite interesting. Griffin was trying to become the 1st black Sheriff of Nash County. Knowing the makeup and the mentality of Nash County electing a black Sheriff was going to be tough. I felt Stone would be elected. I have been knowing Stone for years dating back to when he used to live in Edgecombe County during the time he was a Highway Patrol. I met Griffin about 2 years ago when we were both guests on a local radio station. I learned then that he was a former Edgecombe County Sheriff Deputy and that he is a former Rocky Mount Police. Congratulations Keith Stone on your victory and we will see what you will do to help move Nash County Sheriff Department forward during the next 4 years.