Voters react to Gibson County sheriff's race

Dan Lampariello

GIBSON COUNTY, Tenn. -- Voters react to what could be one of the closest races West Tennessee has seen in a long time.

The Gibson County sheriff's race was decided by a mere 25 votes. Paul Thomas defeated two-term incumbent Chuck Arnold. Voters said the race was heated but a gentleman's fight.

"It was a difficult race and I think the best man one," Stacy Graves said. "I just can't believe it was only by 25 votes."

Paul Thomas, Chuck Arnold, and Rodney Wright were neck and neck til the end, but Thomas brought it home in one of the closest finishes in county history.

"It's good. It's crazy but it's good," Lisa Hinson said. "It was a very close race. We needed change, but we'll see what happens."

Arnold was in the lead for most of the night, until the last precinct was counted, narrowly pushing Thomas ahead for the win.

Although some residents are excited for change, others are not so happy with the outcome.

"I was really surprised," Jeannie Fuller said. "I thought Sheriff Arnold was really going to get it again. He's been a good sheriff, he's been with us for a long time. I was really shocked."

Many voters said they are just excited to see what Thomas can do for their county

"It was a tough race," Graves said. "I know a lot of people voted for Paul Thomas and he came out on top and I think he's going to do Gibson County a lot of good."

The Gibson County Election Commission said so far no one has contested the close vote.

Paul Thomas also has not said when he will resign as lieutenant investigator with the Milan Police Department.


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