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Berkeley County Sheriff's race in final stretch before Tuesday's primary

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - On Tuesday, voters will cast their ballots in the Republican primary for Berkeley County Sheriff.

The special election is being held to replace Wayne Dewitt, who resigned in February after being arrested for drinking and driving.

The 14 Republican candidates pushing hard today for last minute votes, but have been relatively friendly.

"So far I think most of us have run a very positive campaign," Chab Clarke said.

In the final stretch of the campaign, the candidates vying for votes are pushing their final message.

"I am professional, ethical, and I have the management experience to law enforcement agency," Duane Lewis said.

"I am a man who believes in equal opportunity for everybody," John Waters said.

"We are going to put satellite offices throughout the community, so we can man those and get better service to our community," Rick Ollic said.

The candidates looking to replace Wayne Dewitt say Tuesday's primary is a change election.

"They are looking for a break in the good ole boy system and a new leadership," Omar Brown said.

"What I am hearing from voters is response times (and) friendliness," Ricky Driggers said.

"The first order of business is restoring the trust between the Sheriff Deputies and the community," Frank Fuda said.

"It's got to be as transparent as possible and I am going to put the whole budget online so everyone can see where that money is going," Jerry Merrithew said.

All of the candidates agree there is a lot to be done to improve the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office and the services the office provides.

"We need more personnel on the street  - the backbone of every law enforcement across the country is the patrol," Brian Adams said.

"One of the first things I think is important is to do something about the response times," Chad Caldwell said.

"I will also fight the property crimes and the drugs," Marty Housand said.

"A lot of people want to have the officers, see the officers in their neighborhood," Dan Isgett said.

Not all of the candidates were available for an interview the day before the primary election.


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