There were a lot of contenders seeking the office of Guilford County Sheriff this year – three on the Democratic side of the ticket and six on the Republican side – but only two remain after the primary elections on Tuesday, May 17.
Democratic Incumbent Sheriff Danny Rogers, and Phil Byrd, who has a great deal of experience in the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department, where he’s served as a captain and worked in several different divisions will face each other in November.
Rogers, as the incumbent who four years ago knocked off longtime Republican Sheriff BJ Barnes, was expected to win easily in the Democratic primary this year – and he did. He got 58 percent of the vote, leaving Therron “TJ” Phipps with 30 percent and Juan Monjaras with 12 percent.
On the Republican side, Byrd won by less of a margin than Rogers, but he still ended up with a comfortable lead. Byrd pulled in 40 percent of the vote and ended up ahead of Billy Queen, who had 33 percent. There was a big drop in votes after those two men’s votes were counted –no other candidate in the packed race got more than 10 percent. Randy Powers, who was second in command when Barnes ran the department, got 9.77 percent of the vote, while Ed Melvin, who was second in command under Rogers at the start of Rogers’ term, got 9.62 percent. William White got 4.96 percent of the vote and Adam Perry Moore ended up with just 2.67 percent.
The General Election sheriff’s race on Nov. 8 between Rogers and Byrd is expected to be one of the more intense political battles this year.