When Bobby Hall took to the steps of the Abbeville County Courthouse in February to declare his intentions to run to be the county's next sheriff, he corralled supporters for a public unveiling of his candidacy.
But since then, the former Abbeville police officer's campaign has been anything but public. Hall is one of four contenders squaring off in next Tuesday's Democratic primary election for the next Abbeville County sheriff.
Greenwood County Sheriff's Office chief investigator Ray Watson, longtime Abbeville County Sheriff's Office chief deputy Marion Johnson, and Abbeville Police Department Lt. Raymond Vandiver join Hall on the ballot.The winner of next week's primary will move ahead to face lone Republican candidate Skipper O'Bannon, interim chief of the Abbeville PD, in the May 14 special election to supplant former Abbeville County Sheriff Charles Goodwin. Goodwin resigned from the post he had for 24 years in January.
Much like a detective in the midst of a criminal investigation, Hall has played his aspirations for top lawman close to the chest. Last week, he declined to be interviewed by the Index-Journal for a series of stories regarding the sheriff's race, citing advisement from his campaign team.
Hall, a native of Greensboro, Ga., has lived in Abbeville for the last 20 years. The former lieutenant brings more than eight years of experience in the Abbeville Police Department to the table. Hall, 49, also brandishes military experience by virtue of his service in the U.S. Navy, where he said he worked as a military police officer.
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