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By DAMON LAWRENCE
Sheriff Jack Stockton has seen a lot during his more than 20 years in law enforcement.
One thing he said he hasn’t seen is an incumbent sheriff run for re-election unopposed.
He’s not expecting that to happen this year, either.
“I’m sure I’ll have an opponent,” Stockton said. “I’ve never known a sheriff to run unopposed.”
Stockton is the only person who has picked up a petition to run for sheriff, according to information posted on the county election commission Web site.
Stockton, formerly the chief of police for Harriman, was elected to his first term in 2006.
He beat then-sheriff David Haggard and a field of four others for the county’s top law-enforcement post.
Stockton said the lack of an opponent so far hasn’t caused him to take it easy.
“We know what our game plan’s going to be,” Stockton said. “We’re just waiting for an opponent. We don’t know who the opposition is just yet. We’ve done all we can do until we get some people in the race.”
Mudslinging is often a part of political campaigns.
Stockton contends that’s one tactic he won’t use to get re-elected.
“When you hold this office, you make enemies regardless,” Stockton said. “All we can do is stay focused, take the high road and do what we feel is right.”
Sam Bolden, an investigator with the Kingston Police Department, finished with the third most votes in the 2006 race behind Stockton and Haggard. Bolden said he doesn’t plan on running for sheriff this year.