Amerson focusing on 2014 race, no endorsement for Oxford police chief in 2018
by Brian Anderson
banderson@annistonstar.com
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Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson said Tuesday that he made no statement or promise to support Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge’s potential run for sheriff in 2018.

Despite claims by Calhoun County Republican Chairman Gene Howard on Monday night that the current sheriff and police chief would trade off endorsing each other in the 2014 and 2018 elections for county sheriff, Amerson said Tuesday he’s only focused on 2014.

“I’ve learned in the political world, it’s like sports metaphors,” Amerson said. “You only focus on the next game, so I’m running for sheriff in 2014.”

Howard said the party had been lining up Partridge as a possible Republican candidate for county sheriff for two years when Amerson made a switch to the Republican Party on Monday. Howard said Partridge endorsed Amerson during a closed-door meeting of the party’s executive board.

“Partridge has deferred his political campaign for 2014,” Howard said on Tuesday. “If he chooses to run in 2018, he can.”

Partridge on Tuesday declined to reveal what he said in the closed-door meeting Monday night, but confirmed he endorsed Amerson.

“I’m not running for sheriff in 2014,” Partridge said.

Partridge said he was unaware of any deals or promises about future endorsements or a possible 2018 campaign.

Howard said his statements on Monday were a misunderstanding, but he doesn’t anticipate any problems within the party moving forward. The chairman said after speaking with Amerson Tuesday he didn’t have any indication on whether the current sheriff would run in 2018.

Amerson could not be reached for additional comment on the matter.

“Anything can happen over the space of four or five years,” Howard said. “If a situation comes up, we’ll look at it as a party and come to a peaceful resolution.”

Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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