Sheriff's Race Endorsement

By: Kylie Dixon Email
By: Kylie Dixon Email

SHERMAN, TX-- Last week Texas held their primary elections and one of the biggest races here in Texoma was for the Grayson County Sheriff.

After results were counted the top two vote recipients were Sheriff Keith Gary and Commissioner Johnny Waldrip.

The two are now headed for a runoff in July. Voters have been waiting to see if the two candidates who came up short in the sheriff's race were going to endorse either of the two left standing.

"I'm putting my support to Sheriff Gary for re-election."

Lt. David Hawley has worked in the Sheriff's Office for 32 years and after not receiving a bid for sheriff, he is now backing incumbent Keith Gary.

But Gary wasn't the only candidate receiving an endorsement today.

"That's why I am throwing in behind Johnny Waldrip and want to encourage everyone that supported me to throw in with me."

Brent Adams is the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Coordinator for Grayson and Fannin Counties. He said if he couldn't be the sheriff, he wants Johnny Waldrip to be.

In the primary election held last week, Gary received 36% of the vote and Waldrip received 30%.

Since neither of them received a majority, over 50%, the two are now in a run off election.

"Once the run-off is over with, he has said he wants to sit down with me and talk about these changes I would like to see," Hawley said.

Lt. Hawley said he and Sheriff Gary share many of the same views and they'll continue to work together.

Adams said he and Waldrip ran for similar reasons. That's why he's backing his former competitor.

"I thought there needs to be some new direction and vision at the sheriff's office. My race didn't pan out and came up a little short, but I still believe there needs to be vision and direction at the sheriff's office."

Both candidates are grateful for the endorsements.

"I'm looking forward to us getting together in a partnership and running this race," Waldrip said.

"I'm pleased to have the support of Lt. David Hawley," Gary said.

The run off election will be held on July 31st.

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