Bill Lucas endorses Davis in Bibb sheriff’s race this fall

Bibb County sheriff’s candidate Bill Lucas on Wednesday offered his endorsement to his opponent David Davis, saying he won’t ask for a ballot recount.

Davis won Tuesday’s 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 sheriff’s 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 Tuesday’s Republican primary, received 7,138 votes.

With voters approving consolidation for Macon, Bibb County and Payne City, the campaigning in the sheriff’s race will change, Davis said.

He says he’s 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 sheriff’s 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 sheriff’s office. He also wants the sheriff’s 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.

“It’s 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 he’ll consider another run for sheriff, he said, “never say never.”

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.