After more than two decades as Camden County's sheriff, Bill Smith lost reelection in 2008 after a federal investigation into his use of inmate labor and forfeited drug funds and a very public fight with the county commission about funding of the department.
In 2012, saying the feds found no wrongdoing, Smith is trying to win his job back.
Smith is running against incumbent Tommy Gregory. Both are Republicans and there is no Democrat in the race, so the winner of the July 31 primary will serve run the Sheriff's Office for the next four years.
Bill Smith candidate questionnaire:
FAMILY: Adell, Blake, Kellie
EDUCATION: Citadel (4 years)
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Sheriff 24 years; County Commissioner 6 years
WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE TOP THREE ISSUES IN THIS RACE?
- Reinstate search and rescue patrol (voluntary)
- Reopen substation to reduce cost on transportation and utilization of services
- Provide 24 hour service to constituents. Reestablish open-door police. Intercept drug cartels' assets including drugs and currency.
HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAN HELP VOTERS IN A WAY OTHERS IN THIS RACE CAN'T?
- "Managerial experience and law enforcement background."
WHAT WOULD YOU HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR ACCOMPLISHING AFTER SERVING IN THIS OFFICE?
- "Returning professionalism and integrity to the department."