DALLAS COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - In less than two weeks voters will be headed to the polls for the June 5 primary. The race is on for Sheriff in Dallas County. Earnest Donaldson, Michael Goings, and Mike Gr anthum are the three Democrats are vying for this position.
Earnest Donaldson is currently a patrolman with the Camden Police Department. Over the span of his 17-year law enforcement career he has held roles ranging from deputy with the Dallas County Sheriff's Office and investigator with the Fourth Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force.
"This is my home. I want to feel safe here. I want the people who visit, live, work, and play here to feel safe when they come here. I feel like I can do that job. My top priority is going to be community safety," said Donaldson.
Michael Goings said he has always dreamed of becoming the Sheriff. He felt after 24 years with the Dallas County Sheriff's Office now was the perfect time to step up and make his dream a reality.
"My top priority is the community relations. I feel a lot of the crime happens in the community. So, if we have better community relations we will be able to better solve the crime. I feel I am knowledgeable and I am able to do the job," Goings said.
Mike Gr anthum has 29 years of experience. He has worked with the state along with the Montgomery and Selma police departments.
For the last 16 years he has been with Dallas County Sheriffs Office. Currently he is the chief investigator.
"My main focus to start with is going to be drugs. I am fair to the public, but I am tough on crime and we need someone who is tough on crime. We need someone with experience. I am in the streets working the cases day in and day out, I have the FBI academy behind me, and I have a good relationship with the community," said Gr anthum.
There is no Republican challenger. Whoever wins June 5 will become sheriff unless there is a runoff. The runoff would take place July 17.