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Levett wins Democratic Primary for sheriff

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.

Comments

Zo 2 years, 2 months ago

Good job Wiggington your pawn did his job. Levette, Wiggington is going to drop all those evals showing ur lack of essential skills, reading & writing issues, so u might need to start prepping . That's if you not just a pawn & serious about running against Wiggington as the next sheriff.

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Southside 2 years, 2 months ago

I hear they are looking for a park ranger in Grand Canyon.

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johndoemo_ 2 years, 2 months ago

Is there bus service to that job? I dont have no car since I am stayin to my cousin house. I will apply on tomorrow.

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Elmo 2 years, 2 months ago

Why is it that every time a black man succeeds at something, other black people call him a "pawn", or an "uncle Tom"?

Like crabs in a bucket...every time one tries to crawl out, the others all pull him back in.

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Frustrated 2 years, 2 months ago

sounds like sour grapes Zo. Just because your candidate didnt win is no reason to talk bad about Levett. Just man up and admit poeple in Rockdale didnt want Ferguson as Sheriff.

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Tiger 2 years, 2 months ago

I agree Elmo. Levette for Sheriff

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Elmo 2 years, 2 months ago

My post wasn't to imply any support for Levette for sheriff, I actually support Wiggington. It was just an observation.

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Zo 2 years, 2 months ago

No people in Rockdale plotted & crossed over to help assist a pawn to get Ferguson out the race. I assume it's legal, so your plan worked.

I would gv people like Ferguson & Lindsey in Newton a lot of credit. Folks couldn't chance the possibility the political system if applied correctly would see the better person the victor. So Ferguson & Lindsey made folks cross over, get pawns, attack their character, etc to assure that possilbity wouldn't come a reality.

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Elmo 2 years, 2 months ago

If any "crossed over", the smart ones would have votes for Fergie, then a win for Wigginton in November would have really been a walk in the park.

The amazing thing about your logic, Zo, is that you don't have any.

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Zo 2 years, 2 months ago

Please post this: emo check this out came from ur buddy out this paper;

"Per ClaytonBigsby in the Citizen poll he suggested, ":I'd encourage every Republican to be a "Democrat for a day" on the date of the primary election" (see link below). In other words, play cowards for a day flip & vote for Levett over Ferguson. This way it ensures Wigington a victory, because he doesn't have to face Ferguson. http://www.rockdalecitizen.com/news/2012/may/11/rockdale-citizen-poll-may-13/#c32369 "

I always prove my points!!!!

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Zo 2 years, 2 months ago

We will never know, unless Ferguson support the Independent party.........

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Southside 2 years, 2 months ago

"I would gv people like Ferguson & Lindsey in Newton a lot of credit." I think they had rather you give them a couple of thousand votes. If think that many people "crossed over to help assist a pawn", you need more help than they do.

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CadyJackson 2 years, 2 months ago

Not that it matters, but Lindsey's race was a nonpartisan race, and appeared on both the Republican and Democrat ballots. No crossing over necessary.

Lindsey ruined her own chances. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.

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DayTimeVisitor 2 years, 2 months ago

Zo, have you ever considered that you may be doing your cause more harm than good? Voters have evaluated the candidates and made their decision. Perhaps more citizens value candidates that have a reputation of being hard-working honest people with experience in law enforcement and are not willing to put their faith in one from a background in a corrupt system and questionable history. Lindsey did herself in. School Principals are always in the spotlight. And, while not fair, vulnerable to those who differ in opinion. By taking that lawsuit and attempting to silence those with an opinion different than the principal, Lindsey lost some supporters. Attacking the victors as you have with speculation rather than fact, just makes you sound like a sore looser.

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JKC 2 years, 2 months ago

Zo, you need to take a step back and reevaluate. Every individual in America has the right to choose who they want to vote for. It's not unfair, it's not dirty politics, it's not a mass conspiracy between thousands and thousands of voters. It's our system at work. But instead of being an adult and accepting the defeat of your chosen candidate, you adopt a juvenile attitude and resort to name calling. The citizens of Rockdale county have spoken. Some of those voices supported Furgeson, but the majority did not. That's what voting is all about.

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gsm7476 2 years, 2 months ago

I love it when people do not get there way. ZO put your name on a ballot. OTT is a good man thats why he won wit a large margin DEM and Rep and people of all races like him. I think thats what Dr king would like to see all of us seeing past race. But if you keep hating Dr Kings dream will never happen. So let the people speak. and they have it time to move to nov where I will look at the preson not the party or race. But you can keep on hating because in a free county you still have a right to hate.

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Southside 2 years, 2 months ago

Don't tell him that Superior Court Judge isn't a patisan position. Let him think 4,000 cheating republicans crossed over & did his girl wrong.

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Frustrated 2 years, 2 months ago

Zo did you ever stop to think that no one crossed over, but the majority of voters did not buy into their philosophy? I doubt seriously that a majority of republican voters voted for Levett just because they wanted an easier opponent for Wiggington as you suggest. The election, for that part, is over so accept it and go on with your life.

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VPublicola 2 years, 2 months ago

Zo,

Crossover voting didn't undermine Ferguson's chances, the fact that he lied about his background and got caught redhanded to the point that he, or his campaign hack, then had to backtrak to correct his Facebook, LinkedIn, Campaign and other social media pages to reflect the truth. Your candidate showed his dishonest nature and that he is untrustworthy. Until the Rockdale Democratic Party and the community leadership in this community do a better job of vetting their candidates to eliminate the derilects, dregs, criminals, and others with problematic backgrounds from getting their support then it will not get any better. When you set high expectations in your values and then hold your leaders to meet or exceed those values, then you do not have to rely on race or the "he gotta look like me" to determine for whom you will vote. Those that fail to do so are nothing more than slaves to a system created by their brothers and sisters that exploits their racism and ignorance for the self-promotion and self gain of those who are unfortunately seen as 'community leaders' or 'community servants.'

Zo, BTW, when a candidate is near 60% in an election then they kicked their opponents gluteus maximus.

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heresyafacts 2 years, 2 months ago

Nope, his LinkedIn still says Ferguson is 'Sheriff Rockdale County "2012" at Conyers, Georgia'. Probably will stay that way; he doesn't strike me as the type who's attentive to correcting misinformation.

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Tiger 2 years, 2 months ago

@ Elmo I wasn’t implying that you were for Levette. I implied that I was for Levette, I just agreed on your comment.

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whyohwhy 2 years, 2 months ago

Way to go Levett!!!! Maybe Ferguson gets the hint and goes away this time. Best of luck to Levett in November!

By the way Zo, I think your right....there is a giant conspiracy against Ferguson here in Rockdale. HAHAHA, Im sorry I cant even continue to type seriously. Lets face it he lost, but I know that's not how things will go. There will be name calling, mud slinging and conspiracy talk. Maybe we can blame the "5" CPD officers that were harassing Washington and Ferguson. Or maybe it was the "virtual community", (whatever that is exactly), that impeded the voting. But it was and could never be that Levettsimply beat Ferguson. Nope that's crazy talk!!!!!!!

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Frustrated 2 years, 2 months ago

Look at the article in the other Rockdale paper. Ferguson is already implying that Wiggington fixed/rigged the election.

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IamBabybird 2 years, 2 months ago

Ferguson is an idiot. He is just mad 'cause no one wants him. He is never going to win because for his back ground.

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Zo 2 years, 2 months ago

His background is too established...another person who envy success. I guess u don't support Romney either u must envy his success as well.

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IamBabybird 2 years, 2 months ago

Sheriff Wigington, Dan Ray, Holly Bowie and Jo Coggins... Good Luck in November. You have my vote.

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involvedtaxpayer 2 years, 2 months ago

I'd encourage people to look at the numbers. The numbers for Wigington in the primary as compared to the total numbers for Levett and Ferguson combined on their primary race. These numbers are fairly consistent with similar races in which there was not a Republican challenger but two Democrat candidates on the other side.

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Zo 2 years, 2 months ago

Open primary. A registered voter may vote in any party primary regardless of his own party affiliation. When voters do not register with a party before the primary, it is called a pick-a-party primary because the voter can select which party's primary he or she wishes to vote in on election day. Because of the open nature of this system, a practice known as raiding may occur. RAIDING consists of voters of one party crossing over and voting in the primary of another party, effectively allowing a party to help choose its opposition's candidate. The theory is that opposing party members vote for the WEAKEST candidate of the opposite party in order to give their own party the advantage in the general election. An example of this can be seen in the 2012 Rockdale sheriff's primary with the nomination of Eric Levette as the Democrat candidate in the general election

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