Sims considers sheriff's race challenge, questions accountability

Sims considers sheriff's race challenge, questions accountability
Charlie Sims

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Forrest County Sheriff Billy McGee won the election over challenger Charlie Sims, but with a ballot box that made a late showing at the courthouse, as well as other things brought forward to the Sims campaign, there is still some uncertainty of what is next.

"In this particular case, after the election was over, we found out certain things that occurred that we don't feel was right, some of it may be illegal some of it unethical, regardless somebody has to be held accountable for it," Sims said.

Sims said his campaign site is still up and running and he welcomes any comments from the public.

"We will look at the facts, we are not going to put any rumors or anything like that out there," Sims said. "It is something that is substantiated and we find that it falls in to one of those categories then we certainly are going to take it to the appropriate course of action."

In regards to the possibility of contesting the race, Sims was brief.

"That has not been decided, like I said we are still gathering the facts and once we determine what we have we will take the appropriate course of action," Sims said.

Sims said that course of action could end up anywhere from the district attorneys office, to the attorney general's office, depending on the facts.

"If this was a problem in the last election, steps should have been taken to ensure that it doesn't happen anymore," he said. "It did happen, so apparently they aren't taking it seriously enough or we are not holding them accountable enough to where they think it's a real issue."

Sims wants people to be able to have faith in the system as a whole and to see things are done right.

"If I lost, I lost, but just make sure what we have in place is fair to everyone involved and it's done properly, that's all we can ask as citizens," Sims said.

Sims said if anyone has any information they would like to bring to his attention, it can be passed along via his Facebook page or campaign site.