UNION COUNTY — Battling the drug problem in Union County and building partnerships with other agencies to help successfully wage that battle will be the focus of David Taylor’s third term as Sheriff of Union County.
The ballot in Tuesday’s general election included the race for the Union County Sheriff’s Office which was being sought by Taylor, the incumbent Democrat, and Jeff Bailey, the Republican challenger and former Union County Magistrate.
When the votes were counted Tuesday evening, Taylor had been returned to office by a nearly two-to-one margin, receiving 7,666 votes or 63.87 percent and carrying 21 precincts. Bailey received 4,323 votes or 36.02 percent and carried two precincts.
Taylor, who was seeking his third term in office, thanked the people of Union County for reelecting him.
“I was humbled by the support that was shown to me this election,” Taylor said. “I think it was overwhelming with the amount of turnout that the people of Union County are happy with the direction of law enforcement. I look forward to serving the people of Union County for the next four years.”
Taylor, who has made combating the drug problem in Union County a priority of his first eight years in office, said that he will continue to focus on combating the county’s drug problem. He said that in addition to the efforts of his office, he will work to build partnerships between the Sheriff’s Office and other agencies to battle substance abuse in Union County.
“We will make great strides in fighting the drug problem in Union County,” Taylor said. “We’ll work toward a joint venture with other agencies about the drug and alcohol issues that face Union County.”
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.