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McDonald Endorses Paxton for Forsyth County Sheriff

Incumbent Ted Paxton receives support of former opponent for sheriff.

Former Forsyth County sheriff's candidate Lauren McDonald endorsed incumbent Ted Paxton for sheriff Friday morning.

“I am endorsing Sheriff Paxton because, as I said during the debates, he has done an excellent job as sheriff during the past 12 years,” McDonald stated in a press release.

“The primary issue I had with Sheriff Paxton was the sheriff’s office budget, plus, I just felt it was time for a change and fresh ideas. I know that he has the county’s best interest at heart. I also ran for sheriff because I wanted to see more emphasis placed in the School Resource Officer program, not only for the safety of our schools but to educate our young people on the challenges they will face as they grow into adulthood and become leaders in our community.”

McDonald, a long time resident of Forsyth County and current coroner, lost his bid for sheriff in Tuesday's primary. .

, a runoff election will be held on Aug. 21 between he and Piper.

"Sheriff Paxton and I both ran a clean campaign and concentrated only on the issues,” McDonald added. “That’s the way political campaigns should be run."

“I encourage all of my friends and supporters to turn out on Tuesday, Aug. 21, and cast their vote for Sheriff Ted Paxton,” McDonald said. “That’s what I’m going to do."

Paxton, who is seeking his fourth term as Forsyth County Sheriff said, “I’m honored and humbled that Lauren has chosen to endorse me for my fourth term as sheriff. Obviously, he and I share many of the same concerns for our county, especially the safety of our children and our neighborhoods. We both chose to run an issues-oriented campaign and I wish him the best. I’m happy to know that I can rely on Lauren in the weeks and months ahead as a trusted advisor.”

During Paxton's tenure, the agency has won numerous state and national awards for its various safety programs, including an award-winning Neighborhood Watch program.

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Kem Hole August 03, 2012 at 11:39 PM
How can someone represent somebody they have condemned for their job as our current sheriff and then want to represent them? I honestly don't understand. I am way to honest for politics.
Kevin Anthony August 04, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Let me see if I can understand the importance of this endorsement. You have a 12 year coroner with absolutely no Law Enforcement training endorsing another 12 year entrenched incumbent. Sounds like the good ole boys to me. Now that Baby Bubba is out of a job, I am sure he will be a member of the Command Staff in no time at all. As a taxpayer, I love to see a hack appointed appointed to a position for an endorsement versus putting the best qualified person from the ranks in the command staff position. This appointment should continue to build the teamwork spirit Paxton is known for - NOT!
Andy Coleman August 06, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Kem Hole, are you way to honest to vote for a man with a recent foreclosure and multiple affairs while on duty at the FCSO?
Alan McKee August 07, 2012 at 10:34 AM
If it is time for a change...why the endorsement ? Oh I know... That's what politicians do.
Kevin Anthony August 07, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Lots of serious accusations get thrown out on this website which have and will not be proven. Deal with the issue of the best qualified, most transparent and least in exacting retribution on our fellow citizens on the FCSO like Paxton does weekly..
Jeanne Latiolais, PsyD August 07, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Facts are, Piper has experience, as well as ideas for reducing the expenditures at the sheriff'f office and improving the chain of command and officer morale. Paxton has repeatedly overspent, and, when questioned about this, immediately resorts to the "now, you don't want me taking officers off the streets, DO you???" line of threatening. I won't go into the whole drunk-and-passed-out 911 debacle, as I know others have debated whether a mans drinking issues/love child are relevant in his job. HOWEVER, as a woman, am concerned about the fact that Paxton clearly endangered the life of a child in that tape, by drinking to excess and then being incapacitated when he was the only adult left caring for said child. Don't know why anyone would endorse that.
Mike August 08, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Well ol Lauren will be put into a position within the Sheriff's Office in which he doesn't know anything about. For example over the cars, supply, and personnel section. Paxton did the same thing back during the first election when he promised D.T. Smith (now Lt. Col.) a job. Anyone remember D.T. Smith running for Sheriff back then?

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