With 21 of 21 precincts reporting as well as mail-in and early votes counted, Walton County Incumbent Sheriff Joe Chapman has won the Republican Primary Tuesday to serve another four years as sheriff of Walton County. With 100 % of the votes counted, Chapman took a total of 13,227 or 82.81% of the vote 16m363 votes case. His challenger, former Athens-Clarke County and Social Circle police officer Mike Sledge, came up short in what turned out to be a very subdued campaign between the two men due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Sledge garnered 2,813 votes or 17.19% of the vote. This result has still to be certified, but all the votes have been counted.
“I would like to thank everyone for their votes and I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Walton County,” Chapman said/
Both Chapman and Sledge ran as Republicans so without a Democratic challenger, Chapman is expected to serve another term. He starts his new term in January 2021.
The two men were on the ballot in November 2016 when Sledge challenged Chapman in a write-in campaign after Chapman beat a Republican primary challenge from former City of Monroe Police Chief Keith Glass.