BLOUNTVILLE — Sheriff Wayne Anderson handily fended off a challenge for the GOP nomination to seek re-election in the Republican primary on Tuesday, winning 58.65 percent of the vote compared to the 41.35 percent garnered by his opponent, County Commissioner Ty Boomershine.
The unofficial vote tally, with all precincts reporting: Anderson, 8,633 votes; Boomershine, 6,087 votes; ballots cast without a vote for either candidate, 498.
"I'm really proud of our victory tonight," Anderson said after the results were posted by the Sullivan County Election Commission. "I think it was a good margin. I always try to run my campaign on a positive note. I really do. I try to be the professional, all the time. But this was the most negative campaign I've ever been involved with since I've been in politics, for 16 years. And I think today when the people voted, they were basically saying 'enough is enough, we want our sheriff back in.'"
Anderson recounted how during his first campaign years ago he ran into a man in a grocery store who offered him some advice from the voter's perspective.
And it has stuck with him ever since.
"He told me, 'Don't tell me what the other guy hasn't done. Tell me what you're going to do.' I've stayed with that since 1998. I've really always tried to run a positive campaign."
Anderson's win in the Republican primary means he will be the GOP nominee for sheriff on the county general election ballot in August.
There he will face John Taylor, who as the sole candidate for the Democratic nomination in that party's primary on Tuesday garnered 781 votes.
Anderson said he looks forward to a positive campaign between himself and Taylor, who he said he knows to be a gentleman from Taylor's earlier runs for sheriff.
Four years ago, the last time the office of sheriff was on the ballot, Anderson won the GOP nomination with 71.53 percent of the vote over challenger David Steadman's 28.47 percent.comments powered by Disqus