POSTED: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 5:51pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 6:13am
The candidates for Smith County Sheriff meet for their first debate Tuesday night.
And while it was generally peaceful, a few elbows were thrown.
It’s the first time there has been a truly wide open primary race for sheriff in Smith County in 30 years, and the four men who want the job were in Whitehouse Tuesday to answer questions.
And as the evening wore on, so did the candidate’s tempers.
It was a debate that inexplicably cost $25 to attend, but despite the fee, 2-300 people crowded into the cafeteria at Whitehouse high school to hear Chief Deputy Bobby Garmon, former Game Warden Chris Green, businessman Donn Rust and former ATF agent Larry Smith explain how they would change the department.
But after the usual pleasantries.
The exchanges got a little testy.
There was even a veiled shot at long serving Sheriff J.B. Smith.
And between Garman and Green, downright contentious.
All agreed though that budgets need to be tightened, and response times improved.
But as far as agreement goes, that was about the extent of it.
The Republican primary is in March of 2012, and if tradition holds, that is the real contest to watch.
No word on any future debates.