That was fast: Just hours after the final votes were counted and a runoff in the Republican sheriff’s race certain, Ronnie Kilgo announced his support for Dave Roberson. Kilgo finished third in the primary while Roberson took first place with Tom Caldwell in second place. With no Democratic opposition, the Republican winner takes over as sheriff Jan. 1 as Tim Burkhalter completes his fourth term.
The above photo is from Roberson’s Facebook page and comes with this caption, “As we look toward the runoff in August, I am proud and sincerely grateful to have the support of Ronnie Kilgo. Ronnie is a good friend who cares for our employees and our community. Thank you, Ronnie.”
Kilgo, on his personal Facebook page, wrote:
“Kathy and I would like to thank all those who worked so hard and donated to my campaign for Sheriff. While not successful we will continue to be involved in our great community. Our hope is to make Floyd County a better place for our children and grandchildren.”
In the 14th Congressional District race, third-place finisher John Barge urged his supporters to back Dr. John Cowan in the race with Marjorie Taylor Greene. Barge posted his final “breakfast” video, thanking area voters and then announcing his support of Cowan.
The campaigns involved in the Aug. 11 runoff did not rest on Thursday despite the marathon vote count. Those working with the campaigns were quickly organizing research as well as advertising plans for the next two months.
Aug. 11 runoff ballot:
Floyd County Sheriff, Republican
- Tom Caldwell
- Dave Roberson
U.S. House, District 14:
- John Cowan
- Marjorie Taylor Greene
KEY ELECTION DATES
- July 20: Advance voting begins for runoff, ends Aug. 7.
- Aug. 11: Primary runoff.
- Nov. 3: General election.