CONYERS -- Democrat voters in Rockdale County soundly approved political newcomer Eric Levett to represent them in the Nov. 6 General Election.
Levett defeated Donald Ferguson by a total of 4,288 votes to 3,205 votes in Tuesday's Democratic Primary, or 57.23 percent of the vote.
Levett, 39, who is a sergeant in the Sheriff's Office, will face incumbent Sheriff Jeff Wigington in the General Election.
Ferguson, 53, a retired captain from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, was defeated by Wigington in the 2008 General Election.
Ferguson said he had no comment Tuesday night; Levett could not be reached for comment.
Wigington received 8,805 votes in the Republican Primary, where he was unopposed.
In other races, incumbent Tax Commissioner Day Ray received 8,288 votes in the Republican Primary, where he was unopposed. His Democrat challenger in the General Election, RJ Hadley, received 5,924 votes.
Coroner candidates were also unopposed in their primaries. Democrat George Levett Jr. received 6,736 votes, while Republican Jo Coggins received 7,843 votes.
In the primary races for Chief Magistrate judge, Republican incumbent Judge Rudy Horne received 8,087 votes; Democrat challenger Phinia Aten received 5,918.
In the primaries for Rockdale Clerk of Superior Court, incumbent Democrat Ruth Wilson received 6,358 votes; Republican challenger Holly Bowie received 7,777 votes. The two will face off in the November General Election.