As of Saturday, October 20, 2012
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Supporters of Clayton County sheriff's write-in candidate Garland Watkins gather Saturday at his campaign headquarters for a barbecue fundraiser. Voters will find a spot on the Nov. 6 ballot on which to write Watkins' name as their choice for sheriff. The name must be spelled correctly or it will be thrown out. Watkins, 50, is Clayton County sheriff's chief deputy with more than 25 years experience in law enforcement.
JONESBORO Clayton County sheriff's write-in candidate Garland Watkins hosted a fundraising barbecue Saturday at his campaign headquarters in Jonesboro.
Watkins, 50, is hoping to upset any chance former sheriff Victor Hill may have of getting back into office. Hill won a run-off in August but Watkins qualified as a write-in candidate and that option will be on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Watkins, Clayton County sheriff's chief deputy, hosted the barbecue from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 8311 Tara Blvd. in Jonesboro. Supporters who turned out for Saturday's event included the family of slain Clayton County sheriff's Deputy Rick Daly. Daly, 55, was shot and killed in the line of duty July 20, 2011. His mother, Joyce Daly, and wife Cheryl Daly along with other relatives dropped by to wish Watkins success in his candidacy.
Hill, 47, is under a 32-count felony indictment and is set to go to trial Nov. 26. He served one term as Clayton County sheriff during 2005-2008. Conviction of just one felony will bar Hill from ever taking elected office.