FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — On Aug. 3, Lauren W. McDonald, III announced that he is endorsing incumbent Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton in the runoff election to be held on Aug. 21.
McDonald is a long time resident of Forsyth County and is currently serving as the county Coroner, having been in that position since 2001. McDonald was one of three candidates for the Office of Sheriff of Forsyth County and received 24.96 percent of the votes in Tuesday’s primary. The other two candidates, former sheriff's office deputy Duane Piper (27.40 percent) and incumbent Sheriff Ted Paxton (47.64 percent).
Paxton faces Piper in the runoff election on Tuesday, Aug. 21.
“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 said. “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.”
Sheriff Paxton said he was honored and humbled that Lauren has chosen to endorse him for his fourth term.
"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," Paxton said.
Under his leadership, the sheriff's office has won numerous state and national awards for its various safety programs, including an award-winning Neighborhood Watch program.
In addition, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle also announced his endorsement for Paxton's reelection bid.