Pickens County Candidates for Sheriff Debate

A debate for the next Pickens County Sheriff was held at the Dacusville community center Thursday evening, featuring five candidates: Chief Deputy Chuck James, Oconee County Deputy Michael Ticknor, Greenville County Deputy David Harrison, and Pickens County Deputies Tommy Blakenship and Damon Hubber. The candidates addressed various issues including gun rights, squatting, illegal immigration, mental health in their profession, and leadership qualities. The residents of Pickens County, who attended in large numbers, are looking for a candidate who understands the gravity and authority of the sheriff’s role. The current Sheriff, Rick Clark, who has been in office since 2013 following David Stone’s 44-year tenure, is not seeking reelection. The primary elections are scheduled for June 11th.