Murray County will have a new sheriff in 2021 and his name is Jimmy Davenport.
Davenport defeated Dekota Boling by a slender 160-vote margin, 3,161 to 3,001, in a county-wide runoff election on Tuesday.
“I am overcome with emotion,” said Davenport, who is the current chief deputy. “It’s been a long year. But I promise to devote every ounce of my energy to helping the people of Murray County.”
Boling told The Times at 8:45 p.m. he was ready to call Davenport and offer his congratulations.
“I am overwhelmed by the support I received,” Boling said. “This campaign caught fire, but we couldn’t quite overcome him.”
Overall results from the contentious U.S. House District 14 race between Marjorie Taylor Greene and Dr. John Cowan showed Greene overpowering her opponent in Murray County.
Green polled 4,630 votes in the county to 1,496.
District-wide results were not available at press time.
The two Republicans have waged a bitter campaign for the seat held by the retiring Tom Graves.
Election Supervisor Larry Sampson told The Times that voting went “very smoothly.”