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Clayton County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Garland Watkins addresses supporters Tuesday. Watkins qualified as a write-in candidate for sheriff in November opposite his former boss, Victor Hill.

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Surprise! Hill will have challenge in November

With a stroke of a pen and a well-placed legal ad, Garland Watkins qualified Tuesday to run against would-be sheriff-elect Hill as a write-in candidate in November. Hill is facing a 37-county felony indictment for crimes he allegedly committed during his term in office, 2005 to 2008. He is set to go to trial Nov. 26 — 20 days after the election that could change the course of the county.

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