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Madison Sheriff candidates head to GOP runoff

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MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Rankin County Undersheriff Bryan Bailey won the Republican primary by a landslide over Garrick Booker and Glen McCoy.

Bailey faces George Brown in the general election.

But Madison County voters will have to vote in a runoff in the GOP primary.

Former Ridgeland Police Chief Jimmy Houston led Tuesday's primary with 36 percent of the vote.

Madison Sheriff's Department Captain Randy Tucker grabbed 27 percent.

Both candidates were surprised at the low voter turnout.

"With the low voter turnout we had, we expected a little bit higher numbers," Tucker said of his campaign. "The goal was to get in the top two for the runoff, we were able to do that."

Tucker has been with the Madison County Sheriff's Department for 16 years and currently heads up the narcotics unit.

The 42 year old is a married father of two boys and says; if he wins, the transition for the 139-employee department will be seamless.

"I've got a great working knowledge of the jail, the financial part of the jail." Tucker said. "For the administration as well as our personnel,"

Jimmy Houston, 59, led the Ridgeland Police Department for nine years and the Flowood Police Department for three years.

He also spent 24 years with the Jackson Police Department.

This married father of three and grandfather of six says he will continue improving the sheriff's department.

"It's time for all the computer stuff, camera stuff, it's time to move the department to the next level," Houston said. "Toby (Trowbridge) has done such a great job of being sheriff, bringing that department to the professional level it is today. It's my responsibility to move it to the next step."

The winner of the primary will face Democrat Ted Smith in the general election.

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