John Q. Williams for Sheriff

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Sheriff Ira Edwards has accepted more than $9,000 from prison industry contractors for re-election campaign

April 16, 2020 | Chris Dowd | Athens Politics Nerd

Sheriff Ira Edwards, up for re-election this year, has raised $9,300 from bail bondsmen and contractors of the private prison industry. Edward’s largest campaign donor is James Owens, owner of Double “O” Bonding company, who donated $2,000 in 2019..

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Athens police sergeant John Q. Williams puts community first in campaign for sheriff

April 4, 2020 | Savannah Sicurella | The Red&Black

One thing that has remained constant in Sergeant John Q. Williams’ life is a drive to communicate: to involve himself in public speaking, writing poetry, journaling and theatrics. Though one to best express his thoughts through words, Williams said he found the most effective way to enact change was to work his way on the inside — to find a seat at the table and become part of the process that needs to be changed.

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Interview with John Q Williams

February 27, 2020 | Chris Dowd | Athens Politics Nerd

John Q Williams (D) is running for Sheriff in Athens-Clarke County in 2020. He will face off against Ira Edwards in the Democratic primary on May 19.

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Candidates campaign in Athens, Gingrich endorses in Senate race

February 12, 2020 | Tim Bryant | WGAU Radio

A candidate for Clarke County Sheriff will kick off his campaign today: Robert Hare is the second candidate to announce for the seat that is now held by Ira Edwards. The Clarke County Sheriff’s Deputy joins Athens-Clarke County Police Sergeant John Q. Williams in the Sheriff’s race. His campaign launch is set for 6 o’clock at the Library on Baxter Street.

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Why I am running for Clarke County sheriff

January 14, 2020 | Classic City News

My name is John Q. Williams, and I’m a Sergeant with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department. I’ve been an Athens resident for nearly 20 years and I’m running to be the Democratic nominee for Sheriff in 2020.

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Johnson latest to declare candidacy, but won’t be last as elections approach

January 2, 2020 | Lee Shearer | Athens Banner-Herald

Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement founder Mokah Jasmine Johnson will challenge Republican state Rep. Houston Gaines for his District 117 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives. she announced Thursday.

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Young Democrats host Senate candidate Ted Terry and Sgt. John Q. Williams

October 17, 2019 | Ansleigh Edwards | The Red&Black

In the midst of his candidacy for one of two U.S. Senate seats up for grabs in Georgia in 2020, Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry spoke to a crowd of more than 70 students alongside Clarke County Sheriff candidate John Q. Williams during an Oct. 16 meeting of the Young Democrats of the University of Georgia.

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ACCPD Detective Will Run Against Sheriff Ira Edwards

October 2, 2019 | Ashlyn Webb | Flagpole

Athens-Clarke County Police Sgt. John Q. Williams says he’s running against incumbent Clarke County Sheriff Ira Edwards next year. Williams formally kicked off his campaign Sept. 28.

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John Q. Williams announces campaign for Clarke County Sheriff

September 29, 2019 | Madison Davis | The Red&Black

John Q. Williams announced his campaign for Clarke County Sheriff against incumbent Ira Edwards Jr., who has held the position for almost two decades, on Sept. 28. Williams kicked off his campaign at the Hilton Garden Inn on East Washington Street to a crowd of about 20 people.

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John Q. Williams Candidate For Sheriff

September 29, 2019 | Athens Politics Nerd

John Q Williams (D) is a Sergeant in the ACCPD and is running for Sheriff in 2020.

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Sgt. John Q. Williams to Announce Campaign for Clarke County Sheriff

September 27, 2019 | Ashley Soriano | Grady Newsource

Election season is around the corner, and Sgt. John Q. Williams of the Athens-Clarke County Police Department is announcing his 2020 campaign for sheriff this Saturday.

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Police officer announces bid to unseat Clarke County Sheriff

September 26, 2019 | Joe Johnson | Classic City News

Athens-Clarke County police Sgt. John Q. Williams wants to bring order and maybe a bit of poetry to the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office.

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Candidate to challenge Sheriff in next year’s election

September 18, 2019 | Tim Bryant | WGAU Radio

John Q. Williams says he will be a candidate for Clarke County Sheriff, challenging incumbent Ira Edwards in next year’s election. Williams has worked as sergeant with both the University of Georgia Police Department and the Athens-Clarke County PD. His campaign says the official kickoff event will take place later this month.

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Audit Reveals Staffing Shortage in Sheriff’s Department

July 3, 2019 | Blake Aued | Flagpole

A recent Athens-Clarke County audit found a self-perpetuating cycle of staff shortages, lack of training, long working hours and low morale in the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office.

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Clarke County Sheriff’s Office has big problems at the jail

May 25, 2019 | Chris Dowd | Athens Politics Nerd

The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office is suffering from terrible morale and ineffective leadership, particularly at the jail. That’s according to an audit released to the mayor and commission in April.

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Clarke County Sheriff’s Office replies to stinging audit report

April 27, 2019 | Lee Shearer | Athens Banner-Herald

A committee of Athens-Clarke County Commissioners is wrestling with what they can or should do after an operational audit of the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office detailed issues with staffing, training, safety and poor leadership at the Clarke County Jail.

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