Guilford County Sheriff

Party: Republican

Overview: Incumbent BJ Barnes beat Democratic challenger Phil Wadsworth. Barnes illuminates his achievements in decreasing crime, decreasing police response time, and building a new jail well-under the original price speculation.

On the record: “As sheriff, I’ve been at the hospital with officers and their families as they fought for their lives. I’ve watched them as they work through the demons that torture them as they try to cope with the stresses associated with their job, both physically and mentally. I’ve witnessed the toll they pay in their personal lives for the sake of their jobs, and I’ve watched the anguish they feel when they think the public does not understand or appreciate their efforts.” (From News & Record)