2 North Georgia sheriffs lose races
In two small North Georgia counties where voter turnout in Tuesday's runoff primary election was high, the incumbent sheriffs were beaten by large margins.
In Dade County, Sheriff Patrick Cannon lost the Republican runoff to Ray Cross by more than 10 percentage points.
In Chattooga County, Democratic Sheriff John Everett, who has served one term, collected only 30 percent of the vote against Trion police officer Mark Schrader.
According to some of the challengers and their supporters, key issues in both races were public dissatisfaction stemming from a lack of training in their offices, unavailability to the public and, in Everett's case, a pending lawsuit in federal court.