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Duane Piper Wins Race For Forsyth Sheriff

In unofficial returns, Duane Piper is the voters choice as the next sheriff of Forsyth County.


Forsyth County voters elected Duane Piper to be their next sheriff.

In unofficial results Tuesday Piper received 62,405 votes and his challenger, write-in candidate DT Smith received 683 votes, according to the Forsyth County Voter Registrations & Elections Department.

"In reviewing the initial report of write-ins for sheriff, DT Smith did get in excess of 680 votes," said Barbara Luth, Supervisor of Voter Registrations and Elections. "There are a lot of votes that need to be determined by the board [of elections] as to whether they will accept just Smith or DT."

Luth said she counted just the votes that stated "DT Smith" on the ballots.

"Now this [returns] is unofficial so there may be more, in fact there probably will be more rather than less," said Luth.

Results are official at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9.

Out of the 114,957 registered voters in the county, there were about 27,665 ballots cast Tuesday. There were also 45,364 ballots cast during early and advance voting and 3,067 absentee ballots by mail returned.

Here are the unofficial results of the 2012 General Election in Forsyth County:

Forsyth County Sheriff

Candidate Votes DT Smith - R (Write-in)  
863
Duane K. Piper - R 62,405

(25 of 25 precincts reporting)

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Lorraine November 07, 2012 at 01:47 PM
You got to be kidding! 863 for DT Smith. Hard to believe. Figured it to be close race.
Al sutton November 07, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Can someone tell us the cost per vote that would be for smith? Duane Piper is a fine law enforcement officer that will move the sheriff's office into this century. When you run an agency as top heavy as the last 12 years you can't provide proper street level service to the citizens. Piper will give proper service at a responsible price.
Roux November 07, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Sadly, he didn't have a chance, really. He ran an ineffective campaign which barely penetrated the population. Further, he chose to run for office on an election day with a very high turnout (for Forsyth) with little chance of people going through the hassle of dealing with a write-in candidate. I can't imagine his continued employment under Piper will be easy... perhaps he should consider applying for the Chief of Police position that is now opening in the City of Roswell... And to Duane Piper... we will be watching you very closely. You have an opportunity here to set aside your original frustrations and do good things instead. I hope that you will make the right choices that will benefit this county as well as make you a strong leader. I wish both gentlemen the best of luck.
Pete November 07, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Another "above the law" candidate wins. Hope you will let it slide, Mr. Piper, when you pull over someone who is breaking the law by being a "super speeder".
Hal Schneider November 07, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Congratulations, Duane!
AJ November 07, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Congratulations Mr Piper. You earned it !
AJ November 07, 2012 at 06:48 PM
I agree. He is up to date with what needs to be done, as simple as that.
Al sutton November 07, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Pete, Was there ever any evidence that Mr. Piper even asked for a break with the speeding ticket? He accepted responsibility and paid for his mistake. That is a ridiculous statement to make.
Pete November 07, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Rediculous statement? We are all intitled to our viewpoint. Never said he asked for a break. Yes, he accepted responsibility. "Mistake"? He didn't realize he was breaking the law while traveling at a high rate of speed? Seriously? My point is that I am over law enforcement officials who do not follow the law. Period. "Proper street level service" as you state, starts at his level. Period.
Janet Burand November 08, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Good Luck Forsyth County! As for me, I shall begin my search for a home elsewhere. Leaving is not easy as my grandchildren are ninth generation Forsyth Countians but I chose to trust whom I call for protection as is MY right.
Hal Schneider November 08, 2012 at 02:12 AM
I wonder when the last time the Sheriff actually showed up in response to a call for help?
Al sutton November 08, 2012 at 12:12 PM
The sheriff is an administrator, he does not answer calls. As a retired law enforcement officer it is nerve racking to hear comments as the above about officers above the law. Apparently those individuals have no clue in regards of what they speak. They have never hear of I.A. They have never seen the more harsh criminal punishment for former and current law enforcement when charged with a crime. They hold a higher standard and are held to it. If SHERIFF Piper speeding is him being above the law then 98% of people who travel the roads also believe they are above it. And yes your statement is ridiculous, that is the opinion I am entitled to I did not say yours was wrong, ones opinion can't be wrong it is an opinion, however it can be ignorant or ridiculous as yours obviously is.
Janet Burand November 08, 2012 at 01:01 PM
As with the President, Hal Schneider, the responsibility stops with the Sheriff in Law reinforcement in terms of protection. Do you always have to have a last cutting remark? A Sheriff heads up one of the largest work forces in the county and most important in my opinion. I wish no one harm and do not wish to jjoin in a verbal sparring match.
Al sutton November 08, 2012 at 02:40 PM
So someone you agree with deserves the last word? Good riddance and enjoy your future endeavors. Might I suggest Clayton county for you a new home, I hear the schools are phenomenal.
Janet Burand November 08, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Point made. Lol
Hal Schneider November 08, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I was simply pointing out that leaving the county is just a silly reaction to the election when what you fear (or at least what you stated that you fear) will never happen. I truly wish you peace and luck in whatever your decision is.
Liz Kennedy (Editor) November 08, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Greetings Patchers! Just a reminder to keep on point and bypass personal attacks (per our Terms of Use) or your comment will be deleted by me. So far all is well and I do appreciate your input and comments. Liz Kennedy, Editor
Janet Burand November 08, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Mr. Sutton, you sure seem as if you have no fear of viciously debating people you do not know in a world full of mean people. Hope you do not offend someone meaner than you.
Al sutton November 08, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Ms. Burand you are correct that is why I post my name and have no problem debating. I served over 30 years of my life protecting others rights while I had to keep my opinions to myself for fear of discipline of my employer. I know that the local deputies as we saw are also unable to speak for themselves as we saw. Now I am retired and my wife and I run our business and I will share my opinion on anyone who cheap shots a fellow officer without good substantiated reason. Nothing personal just after so many years of policing you need facts and tune out the blabber.
D bag November 11, 2012 at 04:41 PM
I want to reference what is probably the funniest tidbit from this race, without it coming across as a personal attack. I thought the cuckolded husband story was hilarious! Also, I was glad it didn't influence the election.
Al sutton November 11, 2012 at 11:56 PM
What made that story sad was the fact that the said an incident occurred ten years ago and that they conveyed that it was fine for the other candidates to engage in the same accused behavior but Mr. Piper was a horrible man. That story was obviously fabricated. I hope those individuals can salvage their marriage and move forward. It was a comical read though.
loretta barber November 16, 2012 at 06:42 AM
PERSONALLY,I THINK WE NEEDED A CHANGE IN THE SHERRIFF DEPT. WE NEED A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER,AND WE GOT IT. I AM PRAYING FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN IN OUR JAIL,WHO IS DEPRIVED OF DECENT FOOD,MADICINE.CLOTHES.FRESH AIR AND EXCERSIZE.HUMAN WAREHOUSING SHOULD BE DONE WITH CARE,RESPECT,THESE PEOPLE IN JAIL ARE INNOCENT AS YOU AND ME. THEY SHOULD HAVE DECENT FOOD,DRINKS,READING MATERIAL AND MEDICAL. OR SENT HOME TO AWAIT TRIAL WITH AN ANKLE BRACELET.HOPEFULLY GOD HAS SENT US A HUMAN BEING THAT CARES ABOUT,NOT ONLY HIS JOB,BUT FOR THE HUMANS HE IS SUPPOSE TO BE SAFE GAURDING
loretta barber November 16, 2012 at 06:52 AM
ted paxton was a lousy sheriff. he had his mind on his women and partying .he couldent keep out of trouble long enough to take care of the jail.his friend he was babysitting for was his baby,and his girlfriend. this was discusting to everyone.especially to people who had loved ones in that jail being starved,deprived of medical and treated like prosoners of hitler. i for one am glad we have a brand new sherriff.good luck SHERIFF PIPER, AND GOD BLESS YOU.
loretta barber November 16, 2012 at 06:59 AM
YOU SOUND LIKE YOU KNOW OLD PAXTON PERSONALLY.I AM GLAD THE DRUNKEN PARTIES ARE OVER.WE NOW HAVE A RESPONCIBLE SHERIFF.I FEEL OUR JAIL IS IN GOOD HANDS NOW.AND OLD TEDDY CAN BE ARRESTED NEXT TIME HES OUT JOY RIDEN ON HIS MOTORSYCLE WITH HIS LIVE IN GIRLFRIEND ON THE BACK. HE JUST WASENT PROFESSIONAL ENOUGH FOR ME. GOOD LUCK SHERIFF PIPER,AND GOD BLESS YOU.
loretta barber November 16, 2012 at 07:01 AM
I KNOW YOUR GOING TO LEAVE ,BUT PLEASE TAKE PAXTON AND PAULA WITH YOU.
loretta barber November 16, 2012 at 07:05 AM
YEAH MR SUTTON ,OR SHE MIGHT GET PAXTON AND HIS GOOD OLD BOYS TO PAY YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A VISIT.WE SHOULD ALL BE SCARED TO SAY A WORD ABOUT TED PAXTON. HES THE LEADER OF THE LAW ROUND HERE.

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