2 candidates challenge incumbent in Morgan Co. Sheriff race

Published: May. 30, 2014 at 6:39 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 27, 2014 at 6:28 PM CDT
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© A runoff is required if no candidate gets a majority of the vote in the primary.
© A runoff is required if no candidate gets a majority of the vote in the primary.

MORGAN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Primary election day is on Tuesday, June 3rd. In Morgan County, there are no democrats running for sheriff, so whoever wins the republican primary will win that office. Two candidates are challenging the incumbent, Ana Franklin.

Randy Cavnar retired from the Decatur Police Department after 31 years on the force, rising to the rank of Patrol Sergeant Supervisor. Cavnar said if elected sheriff, he will work with surrounding law enforcement agencies to fight the drug epidemic in Morgan County.

"Meth is here, and meth is not going away, and we've got to step up our enforcement with meth," Cavnar said. "We can't turn our back on it at all, but our biggest problem right now is prescription medication, black market pain patches. That's killing more of our citizens on accidental overdoses than all the other drugs combined, which leads to heroin use, and heroin is making a comeback."

Darrell Childers is a business owner, was a firefighter for 35 years, and was a Morgan County deputy for six years, with five of those years on patrol. Childers said if he's sheriff, he will push to help young people who are heading down a dangerous path. He said he has the experience for the job.

"I'm the only candidate with 30 years business experience," Childers said. "I've got 35 years of public service. I believe I'm the only candidate who has done patrol with the Morgan County Sheriff's Office. I will be a good steward of the people's tax money, and I will not spend a dime that does not benefit the employees of the sheriff's office and the citizens of Morgan County."

Franklin was the first woman elected as Morgan County Sheriff in 2010. Franklin began her law enforcement career as a deputy with the Limestone County Sheriff's Office. With the Morgan County Sheriff's Office, she worked as an undercover narcotics agent and as the lead investigator for sexual abuse cases before being elected sheriff. As sheriff, Franklin said she has helped fight the drug epidemic, and that has reduced crimes linked to drug use.

"Last year, our numbers came back, and Morgan County's crime rate has reduced for up to 30 percent for all crimes other than narcotics," Franklin said. "We've taken a very, very proactive approach to narcotics in Morgan County based on the fact that that had been, overall, what we see as the number one problem leading to other crimes."

A runoff is required if no candidate gets a majority of the vote in the primary. The top two candidates in the primary go to the runoff. Runoff elections are held on Tuesday of the ninth week after the primary.

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