Davis to enter November sheriff’s race unopposed

David Davis will enter the November Bibb County sheriff’s race unopposed.

The deadline for write-in candidates passed Tuesday with no one registering for a local race, said Macon-Bibb County Elections Supervisor Elaine Carr.

Davis, a sheriff’s office chief deputy, only is required to get one vote to be elected, Carr said.

“I appreciate the people who did vote for me in the primary and those who have offered support since,”Davis said Wednesday.

He said he will use the next few months to prepare for his transition to the role of sheriff and to formulate his thoughts and plans for consolidating the sheriff’s office and Macon police.

In November and December, Davis will attend “sheriff-elect school” before taking office Jan. 1, 2013.

Davis said he plans to implement two of his campaign promises soon after taking office.

A sheriff’s office victims advocate, a liaison for crime victims wanting information about their cases, should be at work in early 2013, he said.

He also hopes to have a citizens’ advisory committee -- a group of five to seven people who will help identify crime problems not reported to deputies -- assembled before summer.

“I’d like to get their input as we move through the consolidation process,” Davis said.

Obtaining state certification for the new, combined law enforcement agency should be a priority soon after consolidation to show its “viability and success,” he said.

Democrat Bill Lucas, a semi-retired corrections investigator, and Albert Hall, a retired sheriff’s office captain, opposed Davis in the July primary.

Davis won the party’s nomination with 50.81 percent of the vote. Lucas took 33.5 percent and Hall garnered 15.6 percent.

Republican Shawn Fritz dropped out of the race in August, citing health concerns and an increased workload at his job with a defense contractor.

The Republican Party did not appoint a new candidate.

Carr said she expects a 71 percent turnout for the November election, based on historical figures. The turnout could be higher because an incumbent president is running for re-election.

In 2000 and 2008, 71 percent of voters went to the ballot box. In 2004, when President George W. Bush ran for re-election, the turnout was 77 percent, Carr said.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.