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Sheriff making a run for re-election
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Liberty County Sheriff Don Martin is running for re-election, the four-term incumbent confirmed Friday.
A story in Friday's Courier announcing the candidacy of Warren Waye, who used to work for Martin, said the current sheriff is expected to announce a bid for re-election at a barbecue this coming Saturday.
In a brief telephone call Friday, however, he said he is telling everyone who will listen that he is running. An ad urging his re-election is inside today's Courier.
Calls to get a longer interview Saturday afternoon were unsuccessful in tracking him down.
He is expected to base his campaign on experience, however.
"We've done a lot since taking office but there are still a lot of things I'd like to get done," Martin has said in the past.
Martin was first elected in 1992, ousting long time Sheriff R.V. Sikes, and re-elect three times since, including 2004, when he beat Waye in the Democratic primary with 54 percent of the vote.
A preview of Martin's campaign was presented by Chief Deputy Keith Moran at a recent Hinesville Rotary Club meeting, where he pointed out the department had 57 employees when they took it over in 1993 and 105 now.
"Ninety percent of what we do is help people," Moran said. "The majority of calls are not about breaking the law."
He did stress, however, that the department stresses crime prevention and has a good track record when crimes are broken.
"The detectives handle 500 felonies a year and last year we had a 44 percent solve rate, while the national average is 21 percent," the chief deputy said.
Martin said, "We had a lot of good things going for us."
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