A veteran law enforcement officer and lesbian lost her bid for sheriff in a North Georgia county after opponents attacked her as “a gay activist sheriff.”
Linda Curtis hoped to unseat Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton. But she placed third in a three-way race, receiving 12.94 percent, or 863 votes. Clinton, a Republican, received 58.64 percent (3,910 votes) and Brandon Barrett captured 28.42 percent (1,895 votes). Curtis and Barrett ran as Independents.
Towns County sits on Georgia's border with North Carolina. The county of about 10,500 people includes Young Harris and Hiawassee, where Curtis lives.
Early Tuesday, Curtis conceded the race and wished Clinton well in his next term.
I want to take a moment to “Thank” everyone for your support. We brought so many current problems to light and remained focused on the issues. It's been a long year , both locally and nationally. Now it's time to heal and move on. To give our best to this wonderful county in which we are so privileged to reside. As far our country…I don't think any of us can be prouder to be an American, regardless of where our support fell in the presidential race. Again, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. Your support will always be a special remembrance to me. So..let's get out there and support our winners. Congratulations Cliff Bradshaw and Sheriff Chris Clinton !!! Best to both of you in the next four years!
Curtis was endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.
Linda Curtis attended Seminole State College where she graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice Administration. She stayed in Orlando and found a place in the city’s LGBT community. In 1992 Curtis was a volunteer with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Later that year she put herself through the police academy. She graduated from the academy with the awards “Outstanding Leadership” and “Academic Excellence”. Immediately after graduation she began her career as a patrol officer in the southeast corner of Seminole County, Florida. From 1999-2001, Curtis was selected out of a panel of fellow officers to work for the United States Marshal’s Office. In 2014 Curtis moved to the shores of the Chattahoochee in Georgia where she currently resides.
Mark Wolchko, chair of the Towns County Republican Party, cited that LGBT support and tried to turn it against Curtis by calling her “a gay activist sheriff.”
JUST WHAT IS THE VICTORY FUND?
Candidate for Sheriff Linda Curtis had a full-page ad in this week’s Towns County Herald. Prominently displayed was “Victory Endorsee”. She is obviously very proud of their endorsement. What does that mean? Well, according to their website, their Mission “is to change the Face and Voice of America’s Politics and achieve Equality for LGBT Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBT Officials at all levels of Government.”
For the uninformed, LGBT stand for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Trans-sexual.
Now, it is no one else’s business what people do in the privacy of their own home. That is the American way. We have the freedom to do what we want in the privacy of our own home.
But does Towns County want or need a Gay Activist Sheriff? That is a question we need to ask each other and ourselves. And why has Linda Curtis chosen Towns County? She has lived here for a very short time. She obviously does not know that crime is down 70% since Chris Clinton has been Elected, or else does not care. She has a different agenda.
So if you want a Gay Activist Sheriff, your choice is clear. If you want to continue to battle Crime in Towns County, your choice is also clear. Re-elect Chris Clinton as Towns County Sheriff.