As of Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
WINDER -- Incumbents for sheriff and a county commission seat rolled over their competition in Barrow County Tuesday.
Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith, a Republican who has served one term, accumulated more than 78 percent of the unofficial votes. His 19,099 votes were nearly four times that over Democratic challenger James Scott Sr., a Barrow sheriff's deputy who accumulated 5,236 votes according to unofficial tallies.
Smith, 36, has said that he wants his department to "continue to be an agency that is recognized in the top 10 percent of all law enforcement agencies across the state."
Republican incumbent Steve Worley also easily reclaimed his District 3 Board of Commissioners seat, stacking up 60.5 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Johnny Smith.
Worley, who has been a Barrow commissioner for four years, said before Tuesday's election that his goal was to strengthen economic development within the county. He accumulated 2,048 of the 3,386 total unofficial votes counted.
Smith who was a Barrow commissioner from 1988 to 2001, said during his campaign that the current board has "too much turmoil."