Bibb County sheriffs candidate Bill Lucas on Wednesday offered his endorsement to his opponent David Davis, saying he wont ask for a ballot recount.
Davis won Tuesdays Democratic primary and will advance to the November election without a runoff.
Davis garnered 50.81 percent of the ballots in the race with 11,051 votes. Lucas took 33.5 percent with 7,303 votes, and retired sheriffs Capt. Albert Hall took 15.6 percent with 3,395 votes.
Efforts to reach Hall for comment Tuesday and Wednesday were not successful.
Davis will face Republican Shawn Fritz in the November election. Fritz, who was unopposed in Tuesdays Republican primary, received 7,138 votes.
With voters approving consolidation for Macon, Bibb County and Payne City, the campaigning in the sheriffs race will change, Davis said.
He says hes more qualified to be the top law enforcement officer in the new government, and his campaign will now work to show the differences between him and Fritz.
Davis, 54, was hired by the sheriffs office in 1979 and has risen through the ranks to become chief deputy. He has served in that position since 2007.
If elected, Davis has said he will create a citizens advisory board and a victims assistance unit at the sheriffs office. He also wants the sheriffs office to obtain state certification.
Lucas, 61, ran for sheriff unsuccessfully in the 2008 Democratic primary, losing to Jerry Modena. Modena, who is retiring, went on to win a third term in November.
Lucas said he went to the Bibb County Board of Elections Wednesday to review the vote totals.
Its just time to move on, he said. The citizens have said exactly what they wanted.
Lucas, a retired Georgia Department of Corrections investigator, said he will continue his consulting work.
Asked if hell consider another run for sheriff, he said, never say never.
To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.