Sumter County made history on Election Day by electing the county’s first African-American sheriff.
“I’m overly excited, anxious, looking forward to the responsibility of the role of sheriff of Sumter County, Georgia and most importantly, I’m blessed,” Col. Eric Bryant said.
Bryant is chief deputy and interim sheriff in Sumter County. He made history Tuesday night after being elected the first African-American sheriff for the county.
“I’m excited to be able to make history here in Sumter County, Georgia and also look forward to encouraging other African-American males that they too can make a difference,” Bryant said of his win.
Bryant was the Democratic candidate in the race. He beat out his Republican counterpart, Phillip Daniel, with 69 percent of the vote Tuesday night.