- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Charlie Sims spent the past eight months campaigning on the need for a change in the Forrest County Sheriff’s Department.

On Tuesday, it appeared the voters - at least Republican voters - were receptive to his message.

The Hattiesburg American reports (https://hatne.ws/1MaBlm8) Sims, a former Hattiesburg police chief, defeated Michael Saucier in the Republican primary for Forrest County sheriff.

With all 35 precincts reporting, Sims led Saucier - another longtime law enforcement veteran - 6,186 votes to 1,620. Absentee and affidavit ballots remain to be counted, but should not change the outcome.

Sims will meet six-term incumbent Billy McGee, who is running as an independent, in the Nov. 3 general election.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com


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