Sheriff Kent Winstead was all smiles as results came in
LOUISBURG -- Kent Winstead garnered more than 60 percent of the vote Tuesday to be Franklin County's sheriff again for the next four years.
It's the second time he's beaten Jerry Jones in a race for the office, the first time coming in 2014.
Winstead secured 15,287 votes to Jones's 10,027.
Winstead thanked his supporters in a social media post.
"... I am proud of my track record and all of those at the sheriff's office who have worked hard to implement many positive changes in the services we provide," he said.
"Your vote has confirmed that transparency and accountability matter in all things we do, and I promise that will continue," he said. "Your reaffirmed trust in me is well-placed and will not be misused.
"In the weeks ahead, I hope to thank many of you in person for your support; I have been re-elected with great cross-party support because of my track record and what's been achieved in the past four years," he said. "To every resident of Franklin County, my administration is here to serve you as equally and impartially as my most dedicated supporters."
Jones said he believes the vote was the result of a political party machine built to beat the Republican Party, not necessary a result of his campaign against Winstead.
"I don't know that there's anything I could have done to beat the Democratic [Political Action Committee] and the block vote, is what I would call it," Jones said.
"If I had been 200 or 1,000 shy, I might have said 'what could I have done differently?'"
"But, other than being a different person or having a million dollars, there's nothing different we could have done."
Jones said he's proud of the campaign he ran and attempted to point out facts about increased spending at the sheriff's office and the impact it has on the county budget.
But, he said, voters spoke loudly with their ballots.
"The people have spoken," he said. "They spoke in volumes that they don't [care] about what's going on with spending, with taxes.
"I'm not part of that," he said. "I'm going to live my life.
"I'll spend the rest of my life with my family, being a husband to my wife and being with my friends and forget anything like politics, other than voting."
The tallies are not official until canvassing takes place on Nov. 16.