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2 veteran lawmen in runoff for Hall County sheriff
Jeff Strickland, Couch top tight race in 5-man field
Hall County Sheriff candidate Jeff Strickland, left, watches primary results Tuesday as they are posted with Chris England during Strickland’s election party at Curt’s Cafeteria in Oakwood.
Two veterans of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office have another three weeks left to campaign for a chance to succeed Steve Cronic as the next leader of the agency. While former chief deputy Jeff Strickland received the most votes Tuesday, his support from 33.35 percent of Hall Republican voters was nowhere near the majority he needed to win outright. He will face former colleague Gerald Couch in the Aug. 21 primary runoff.