Landric Reid has won the second primary for Anson County Sheriff, according to results reported by the North Carolina Board of Elections at 9 p.m. on the night of the second primary, July 15.
Reid won 66.86 percent of the vote, a total of 2,651, to Mike Smith’s 33.14 percent, or 1,314 votes.
“I would like to first thank the voters for their support for my campaign, in the 2014 Sheriff’s election,” Reid said. “I have met so many of you by going door to door, and attending many churches. I would like to say thank you for all your kind words, and your special prayers. I would also ask those who exercised their right to support other candidates, to support the mission of the Sheriff’s Office. My administration will work hard to earn your trust, with the understanding that the safety of our citizens is our number one priority.”
Reid preliminarily won the first primary in May, but Smith asked for a second primary. In May, Reid won 39.60 percent of the vote, a total of 1,650, with Smith close behind at 1,400 votes, or 33.60 percent. Because Reid earned less than 40 percent of the vote, a second primary was called at Smith’s request.
“The law allowed for me to request a second primary and I have no regrets in doing so,” Smith said.
“I would like to congratulate Landric Reid on winning the democratic nomination for Sheriff of Anson County,” he added. “He has achieved a great thing for himself and I applaud him for it. I would like to ask everyone who supported me to join me in not just congratulating Mr. Reid, but offering him our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together, to bridge our differences and to continue to make Anson County a great and safe place to live.”
No Republicans filed for the office of sheriff, so the race was decided among the Democrats who filed, according to the Anson County Board of Elections.
Voter turnout was slightly higher than the May Primary at 26.93 percent (compared to 26.84 percent in May), with 3,967 of Anson County’s 14,729 registered Democratic or unaffiliated voters casting a ballot.
Sheriff-Elect Reid issued the following statement: “My mission has always been to improve the quality of life in all communities of Anson County for all citizens, by preventing crime, and not just responding to crime. To ensure all employees of the Sheriff’s Office recognize and respect all citizens we serve and to serve all citizens with integrity and equality. To gain your trust and respect so as to form a partnership with the court system, Domestic Violence, County Commissioners, and the citizens we serve, to propel the Sheriff’s Office into a new era of professional service. I believe the best way for success as being your sheriff is to truly implement a Community Policing Concept. My department will be guided by integrity and compassion, and will be supported by the trust of those we protect.
“I look forward to working with the citizens of Anson County, and will always have your best interest at heart.”
Reid will be sworn in as sheriff in December, after the retirement of longtime Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen.