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Duane Piper Wins Race For Forsyth Sheriff

In unofficial returns, Duane Piper is the voters choice as the next sheriff of Forsyth County.


Forsyth County voters elected Duane Piper to be their next sheriff.

In unofficial results Tuesday Piper received 62,405 votes and his challenger, write-in candidate DT Smith received 683 votes, according to the Forsyth County Voter Registrations & Elections Department.

"In reviewing the initial report of write-ins for sheriff, DT Smith did get in excess of 680 votes," said Barbara Luth, Supervisor of Voter Registrations and Elections. "There are a lot of votes that need to be determined by the board [of elections] as to whether they will accept just Smith or DT."

Luth said she counted just the votes that stated "DT Smith" on the ballots.

"Now this [returns] is unofficial so there may be more, in fact there probably will be more rather than less," said Luth.

Results are official at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9.

Out of the 114,957 registered voters in the county, there were about 27,665 ballots cast Tuesday. There were also 45,364 ballots cast during early and advance voting and 3,067 absentee ballots by mail returned.

Here are the unofficial results of the 2012 General Election in Forsyth County:

Forsyth County Sheriff

Candidate Votes DT Smith - R (Write-in)  
863
Duane K. Piper - R 62,405

(25 of 25 precincts reporting)

Click here for more Forsyth County election results.

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loretta barber November 16, 2012 at 06:42 AM
PERSONALLY,I THINK WE NEEDED A CHANGE IN THE SHERRIFF DEPT. WE NEED A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER,AND WE GOT IT. I AM PRAYING FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN IN OUR JAIL,WHO IS DEPRIVED OF DECENT FOOD,MADICINE.CLOTHES.FRESH AIR AND EXCERSIZE.HUMAN WAREHOUSING SHOULD BE DONE WITH CARE,RESPECT,THESE PEOPLE IN JAIL ARE INNOCENT AS YOU AND ME. THEY SHOULD HAVE DECENT FOOD,DRINKS,READING MATERIAL AND MEDICAL. OR SENT HOME TO AWAIT TRIAL WITH AN ANKLE BRACELET.HOPEFULLY GOD HAS SENT US A HUMAN BEING THAT CARES ABOUT,NOT ONLY HIS JOB,BUT FOR THE HUMANS HE IS SUPPOSE TO BE SAFE GAURDING
loretta barber November 16, 2012 at 06:52 AM
ted paxton was a lousy sheriff. he had his mind on his women and partying .he couldent keep out of trouble long enough to take care of the jail.his friend he was babysitting for was his baby,and his girlfriend. this was discusting to everyone.especially to people who had loved ones in that jail being starved,deprived of medical and treated like prosoners of hitler. i for one am glad we have a brand new sherriff.good luck SHERIFF PIPER, AND GOD BLESS YOU.
loretta barber November 16, 2012 at 06:59 AM
YOU SOUND LIKE YOU KNOW OLD PAXTON PERSONALLY.I AM GLAD THE DRUNKEN PARTIES ARE OVER.WE NOW HAVE A RESPONCIBLE SHERIFF.I FEEL OUR JAIL IS IN GOOD HANDS NOW.AND OLD TEDDY CAN BE ARRESTED NEXT TIME HES OUT JOY RIDEN ON HIS MOTORSYCLE WITH HIS LIVE IN GIRLFRIEND ON THE BACK. HE JUST WASENT PROFESSIONAL ENOUGH FOR ME. GOOD LUCK SHERIFF PIPER,AND GOD BLESS YOU.
loretta barber November 16, 2012 at 07:01 AM
I KNOW YOUR GOING TO LEAVE ,BUT PLEASE TAKE PAXTON AND PAULA WITH YOU.
loretta barber November 16, 2012 at 07:05 AM
YEAH MR SUTTON ,OR SHE MIGHT GET PAXTON AND HIS GOOD OLD BOYS TO PAY YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A VISIT.WE SHOULD ALL BE SCARED TO SAY A WORD ABOUT TED PAXTON. HES THE LEADER OF THE LAW ROUND HERE.

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