Voters favor Clemmons over Frye

Sheriff to “start back to work tomorrow morning for the next four years” 

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

ROCKINGHAM — It might simply have been a case of two qualified law enforcement officers vying for the same job.

And if that was the case, then change was hardly required.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Campaign volunteers raise their hands in show of support of Richmond County Sheriff James Clemmons Jr.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Campaign volunteers raise their hands in show of support of Richmond County Sheriff James Clemmons Jr.

Richmond County voters said on Tuesday that change wasn’t necessary and they chose to keep Sheriff James Clemmons Jr. in office for a second four-year term. Clemmons and dozens of supporters gathered inside the R.W. Goodman building in downtown Rockingham to celebrate the results.

Clemmons garnered 68 percent of the vote, or 8,772 to the 4,126 votes that were cast in favor of Republican challenger Bo Frye.

“It’s been a long, long year,” said Clemmons, who thanked his many supporters but also took the re-election as a challenge from those who didn’t vote for him.

It is, he said, “a second opportunity to convince them. I will give you my all. I will not shame the title of Richmond County sheriff.”

Clemmons alluded to the struggles of the deputies who work with him each day and rumors that, had Frye been elected, many would face termination. True or not, it was a stress they had to bear throughout the election cycle.

The deputies, he said, can now “get a good night’s sleep.”

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Sheriff James Clemmons Jr. embraces Vickie Daniel. Clemmons retains his seat and Daniel ran unopposed in the general election and will continue as Richmond County Clerk of Court.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Sheriff James Clemmons Jr. embraces Vickie Daniel. Clemmons retains his seat and Daniel ran unopposed in the general election and will continue as Richmond County Clerk of Court.

Among the many other campaign supporters, Clemmons thanks his son, James, who has chosen to enter the U.S. Air Force on Dec. 16.

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  • guest

    Mr.Frye is probably a fine man with high integrity. I didn’t vote for him because he conducted himself as a dictator when he was in charge of the metal detector and door at the old courthouse. He surely didn’t act as a public servant and the people of Richmond County won’t forget (at least I won’t). If he acted like that with a little power how would he react if in charge of the whole sheriff’s department. We are better off with an even handed Sheriff.

  • College Graduate

    You are right Mr. Frye is a man with integrity and morals. He did his job at the courthouse with respect for everyone who came thru the door. He did the job he was hired to do which was to keep the people safe from bad people like the ones that put the bomb in the courthouse or did you conveniently forget that? He also treated everyone with respect until the ones better known as disrespectful came thru the door. If you want respect you have to give it. You would think the people would want someone who is man enough to make decisions and to follow thru but I guess not. You can’t change stupid. I have spoken my thoughts of Mr.Frye and the voters have chosen to keep the same puppets in office so let them enjoy!

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