Craig Ford, who narrowly lost a bid for Washington County Sheriff and had been considering contesting the election, conceded the May 6th Republican primary election today after the results were officially certified by the Election Commission, according to a news release.
In a phone call, Craig Ford congratulated Sheriff Graybeal and family on their victory.
Ford said he delayed announcing his decision in order to personally inform his closest friends and supporters.
“I couldn’t have asked for a harder working, more committed team of volunteers,” Ford said. “I am so proud of all we accomplished in this campaign. Important issues were at stake, and, despite the outcome, important changes have been made. I heartily applaud my opponent’s decision to reinstate the Gideons and rehire a chaplain at the jail.”
A margin of only 12 votes out of nearly 13,000 cast separated the two contenders, with most precincts evenly divided. Ford will continue his position as Director of Public Safety for the town of Jonesborough, overseeing police, fire, and communications.