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Scott Berry Wins Oconee Sheriff's Race

The 20-year incumbent sheriff beats challenger Snellville Police Sgt. Trey Downs with nearly two-thirds of the vote, according to unofficial reports.

Oconee County Sheriff has won a sixth term.

According to unofficial reports from the Oconee County Board of Elections Office, Berry garnered 6,122 (66.47 percent) votes to ' 3,088 (33.53 percent).

Did the race turn out as you expected? Tell us in the comments below.

45.68 percent of eligible Oconee voters cast ballots in the July 31 primary election. There were 21, 632 eligible active voters.

Results must be certified by the Georgia Secretary of State's Office.

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Carl Carter August 01, 2012 at 01:58 AM
its times like these we really dont need a rookie sheriff, the dirty campaign that mr. downs run , speaks volumes about his character. The people have spoken !!
Lisa Mende August 01, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Like my folks said. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. This should not be a race about ego or money or connections, this should be a race about what is best for Oconee County. Well done Sheriff Berry, my family looks forward to continuing to trust in your sound judgement.
Cheena Adler August 01, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Trey Downs would have been the best one for the job. It's really a shame that people want to have a person like Scott Berry in office. Scott Berry ran a dirty campaign. What would have been best for Oconee would have been Trey Downs because he is a great honest men who would have represented Oconee every well.
Gene Langston August 01, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Trey Downs ran a dirty campaign! And he published credit card numbers. He's unqualified to be sheriff and probably unqualified to be a sergeant in Snellville.
Mark Pomeroy August 01, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Personally I'm torn, on the one hand I'm glad the good people of Oconee saw Trey Downs for what he is and told him they did not like what what they saw clearly in their votes. On the other hand my "little" city of Snellville will continue to have to deal with him for the time being at least.
S. S. Sherlin August 01, 2012 at 07:51 AM
Trey Downs should be sheriff. Berry can't even catch a thief unless walmart gets them for him. My god people read the police reports.
Bryan Chandlee-Exum August 01, 2012 at 05:27 PM
It sounds like you have been living under a rock.............Sheriff Berry and his men catch criminals of every kind every day, read the newspaper, or The patch, or talk to the officers, or talk to the citizens. I agree with Lisa, if it aint broke, dont fix it. Sheriff Berry has proven himself numerous times for the last 20 years. Not only is he an awesome sheriff, he is an awesome man in every regard with a big heart but yet no tolerance for crime.........the best man won in my opinion and evidently those of the county he serves.
Mar August 01, 2012 at 10:40 PM
@ S.S...I think people have been reading...that's why over 6,000 people voted & decided to re-elect him. I don't thinks we're wrong the decisions made.
Gene Langston August 01, 2012 at 11:15 PM
WalMart, like most big volumn stores, has its own security. That's why they catch shoplifters. It's a full-time job for two or three people, who aren't being paid by the Sheriff. This is a fundemental way large retailers operate. Can't expect a deputy or three to be stationed there at all times, siphoning off taxpayers' money.

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