Charles Blackwood topped the primary vote to be the Democratic candidate for sheriff of Orange County, but that may change with a run-off with David Caldwell Jr.
Blackwood and Caldwell were neck-and-neck, with Blackwood getting 4,788 votes, votes, or 30.34 percent, just .36 percentage points ahead of Caldwell’s 29.98 percent with 4,730 votes.
Caldwell said that he is going to request a run-off.
Tuesday’s primary election will likely determine who the next sheriff (and the first new sheriff in decades) of Orange County will be.
The six Democratic candidates – Charles Blackwood, Andy Cagle, David Caldwell Jr., Larry D. Faucette, Buddy Parker and Keith Webster -- are vying for the seat that current Sheriff Lindy Pendergrass is giving up. There are no Republican candidates running, so the candidate who emerges as the winner in the primary is virtually assured the winner in the fall’s general election.
The filing period for the May primary election has closed, with the sheriff’s race being the most crowded field. Six Democrats are vying for the position.
Larry D. Faucette, Buddy Parker, Andy Cagle, Keith Webster, David Caldwell Jr. and Charles Blackwood all are hoping to replace longtime Sheriff Lindy Pendergrass.