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Johnny Moats, In­cum­bent

Polk County Sher­iff Johnny Moats is hop­ing vot­ers will give him a se­cond term in of­fice next Novem­ber to ac­com­plish the goals he still has for im­prov­ing his depart­ment and the com­mu­nity at large.

Moats, who was elected in 2012 over for­mer Sher­iff J. Kelly McLen­don af­ter a life­long ca­reer lo­cally in law en­force­ment, said he feels his time in of­fice has al­ready brought about great im­prove­ments, but that he still has an agenda for the next four years if re-elected.

“I kind of felt like I’m just get­ting started,” he said. “I think I’ve done so much for this county. I’m re­ally just get­ting started good and I’ve got more things I want to do for the fu­ture. I want to be sher­iff un­til I re­tire. I want to con­tinue to serve this county un­til I can’t any­more.”

John Wayne An­der­son

The yard signs of var­i­ous col­ors and sizes have been go­ing up for months in Polk County, and there’s still plenty of time left be­fore res­i­dents head to the polls to vote.

Yet the race for one of the county’s top law en­force­ment po­si­tions is go­ing strong in an­tic­i­pa­tion of a two-man race fea­tur­ing in­cum­bent Johnny Moats and chal­lenger John Wayne An­der­son.

In start­ing early, An­der­son has placed high hopes in mak­ing his name known in the race and has big plans should he win the of­fice next Novem­ber.

“I’m go­ing on thirty years in law en­force­ment,” he said. “I’d like to see some changes in law en­force­ment. The only way to get changes is from the top down, and not from out in the field.”

Hu­bert Mur­phy

Mur­phy, a Cedar­town res­i­dent, seeks the of­fice of Sher­iff, and filed a dec­la­ra­tion of in­tent to run, but is wait­ing for qual­i­fy­ing to open and to re­solve le­gal is­sues be­fore mak­ing it of­fi­cial.

“I’m try­ing to make a change in the com­mu­nity, from Cedar­town to Rock­mart,” he said when asked why he wants to run.

Though he has no pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence in law en­force­ment Mur­phy said he has been try­ing to get hired on at lo­cal agen­cies, but ap­pli­ca­tions have not been fol­lowed up.

“I’m good with ev­ery­one in Cedar­town and Rock­mart,” he said.

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