Illegal drugs, financial problems in Lawrence’s sheriff’s run | New

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A former three-term Lawrence County sheriff is seeking to unseat the Republican incumbent in the Nov. 8 general election, with both candidates saying illegal drugs and having enough money to cover needed services are challenges major for the department.

Gene Mitchell, 80, of Mount Hope, is running as an independent to take over the post he held from 2006 to 2018. Meanwhile, Max Sanders Sr., 75, of Moulton, wants another four years as as the county’s top law enforcement official. In the 2018 general election, Sanders defeated Mitchell, then a Democrat, by less than 300 votes.

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