Thomas Re-Elected As Franklin Co. Sheriff

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

In the only local race in Franklin County, voters re-elected incumbent Republican Sheriff Stevie Thomas for a third term.

Thomas easily won out over Democratic challenger Ronald Hart by a vote of 6,148 to Hart’s 1,428.

Thomas said he is grateful for the vote of confidence from the citizens in Franklin County.

“I feel very good,” Thomas said Tuesday night. “I’m glad that the people got out and voted. That’s what it’s all about, and I’m very happy to be able to serve them for another term.”

Thomas has had several large projects in the works over the past year including developing a work/release program for minor offenders.

Thomas said he intends to continue those efforts.

“The work release center will basically bring money back in to the county,” Thomas said. “Because what will happen is the judge will sentence an inmate to the work release center and he will have a job. He will go out from 6a to 6p and works and then comes back to the center to sleep.”

Thomas said he will also continue to work towards expanding the pod at the county detention center to include a larger pod for female inmates.

He added that another goal is to concentrate on ridding the county of drug dealers.

“We’ve been working really hard with our drug interdiction unit, and as soon as more manpower is available, we’re going to make that one of our number one projects,” Thomas said.

Thomas has served as the Sheriff in Franklin County since 2004.

Elsewhere, incumbent 32nd District State Representative Alan Powell has won another term in the State House.

Powell defeated challenger Mary Beth Focer.