Macon County Sheriff Runoff Heats Up


By Ellis Eskew

Signs are all around town for Marcus Walker and Andre Brunson.

Marcus Walker is a sheriff's investigator. He has been with the department  for the past 10 years.
He says his background in law enforcement makes him the best candidate for sheriff.

 "I'm the only candidate with any investigation experience, the only candidate with any jail operation experience, any dispatch operation experience. And as sheriff you have to be over all those areas and know something about those areas," said Walker.

Andre Brunson is chief of Security for Macon County Schools. He has 24 years experience as a  patrol deputy. He also coaches football at Tuskegee University.
He believes having this broad range of experience would make him the best candidate for sheriff.

 "As the sheriff, I know I got to work with people. So being a social worker, and being the truant officer over security for 24 years, I've gotten to go to a lot of homes and meet a lot of people and deal with a lot of poeple, you talking about dealing with children in our community, dealing with parents in our community," said Brunson.

Both men want to help fight crime in the area.

"I'd like to become more proactive. My goal wouldn't be to necessarily solve crime, but prevent crime. I'd like to get in front of these issues," said Walker.

Brunson says he has some ideas of what he wants to do as well.

"Being sheriff is about protecting you, protecting your property, saving lives, and enforcing the law to the fullest. A lot of crime is about economics. I gotta deal with the economics. I got to as a leader, not just sheriff, but as a leader."

Both candidates are running as Democrats. There are no Republicans in the race. The run-off is Tuesday, July 15.

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